KUALA LUMPUR (October 26): The blanket ban on political gatherings for Melaka’s election campaign will be applied equally to all parties, whether pro-government or opposition, Datuk said today Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar in the Dewan Rakyat.
The Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Parliament) was responding to Kulim Bandar Baharu MP Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who asked the government for assurances that it would apply the law equally to all political parties campaigning in elections in Melaka state next month.
The Pakatan Harapan lawmaker suggested the possibility that politicians in the ruling government would try to circumvent the ban and meet with voters for support through “official” functions, stressing that the opposition would be at a disadvantage if he he was forbidden to organize forms. political campaign rallies.
“What we don’t want is a double standard. When the government organizes itself, it uses the SOPs of the National Security Council. When we organize, they use the Electoral Commission SOPs.
“It will create tension and uncontrolled anger. I want to get ahead of the minister. So I want an in-depth explanation from YB. If allowed, say it is allowed and if it is prohibited, say it is prohibited,” Saifuddin Nasution said during Minister’s Question Time.
As Melaka is currently in phase four of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), official government events are permitted for people who have obtained their full vaccinations while subject to the space capacity and physical distancing measures of the government. ‘event.
Wan Junaidi replied that the authorities applied the law equally to everyone, but added that he would discuss the matter further at the next Cabinet meeting.
“In fact, we are not practicing double standards… and I speak on behalf of the Electoral Commission, the NSC and the Ministry of Health.
“But at this time, I cannot give any guarantees on the political activism that will take place. But I take note of YB’s issue and will raise it at the next Cabinet meeting to ask ministers not to circumvent SOPs by KKM and NSC,” he said.
NSC stands for the National Security Council, which still issues Covid-19 regulations while KKM stands for the Ministry of Health by its Malay initials.
On October 24, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced a ban on all activities, gatherings or social gatherings related to the political campaign for Melaka’s elections to prevent the coronavirus from re-emerging, citing the 1988 Law on Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, also known as Bill 342.
Yesterday, a senior Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Party leader also expressed concerns about political parties, especially election candidates, using social gatherings as an alternative to approach voters if a total ban on political gatherings before the elections in Melaka State persists.
Wan Junaidi also said the government had opted for the middle way so that the democratic process could take place while preventing voters from gathering en masse on election day.
As he pointed out, there are two opposing points of view, one that emphasizes the dynamism of the democratic process and the other that prioritizes the security of the population.
Thus, Wan Junaidi said that an SOP is being developed by the EC which takes into account the views offered by the Ministry of Health and the NSC which have benefited both sides of the divide.
He was responding to Tebrau MP Steven Choong Shiau Yoon on steps to be taken during the Melaka elections to prevent the increase in Covid-19 cases as happened during the Sabah state elections last year . – Malaysian Mail