PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The upcoming general election would be an irresponsible decision, Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.
He said the recent increase in hospitalizations for Covid-19, coupled with the emergence of the Omicron variant, meant it wouldn’t be a good idea to hold the 15th general election (GE15) anytime soon.
“The Ministry of Health believes that parliamentary elections are something that can be avoided,” he told a press conference on Friday (November 26th).
“This is different from the Sarawak elections which have to be held and the Melaka elections which have been called following the dissolution of the state assembly.
“The number of Covid-19 cases is still at a worrying level and hospitalizations are increasing. On top of that, a new variant has just emerged.
“It would be irresponsible to hold a general election now. The ministry will strongly advise against holding a general election any time soon.”
Parliament’s current term does not expire until 2023, but many circles speculate that snap polls could take place.
Umno’s vice-president Mohamad Hasan recently called for the upcoming GE15 to be held.
Meanwhile, regarding the upcoming elections in Sarawak, Mr. Khairy said the ministry is still discussing standard operating procedures with the state government.
Sarawak will go to the polls on December 18, with December 6 set as the nomination day.