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Gerakan flays politicians pushing for general election amidst pandemic

Oct 16, 2020

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan has expressed dismay at certain politicians who seem to want nothing more than to push for snap general elections in their bid to gain power, at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is worrying all Malaysians.

These politicians, according to Gerakan vice-president Datuk Baljit Singh, will stop at nothing to achieve their selfish desires, coming up with statements every other day on the so-called numbers they have to unseat the government.

“I call on such people to stop this immediately.

“Think about what you are doing to the country… instead of uniting behind the government to steer us out of the mess we are in due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you are sabotaging the rakyat just so you can feed your greed for power,” he said today.

Baljit said one has to be blind and totally out of touch with the realities on the ground if one does not realise that the people are truly incensed.

“Unfortunately, the anger was caused by an implosion of our own doing. Admit it or not, we let our guard down.

“Yes, the rakyat is furious over what has happened in the country over the past few weeks. Just when things seemed to be getting back on track with the Covid-19 situation in the country, there has been a sudden explosion of positive cases.

“From the northern tip of Perlis, right to the southernmost state of Johor, the single digit numbers which brought the smiles back to the faces of the people, have almost overnight, exploded into three digit figures that are frightening,” he added.

Malaysia registered a staggering 432 Covid-19 cases yesterday – the highest daily tally of infections ever.

He said the alarming figure does not make for pleasant reading.

“It is sad and scary. The rise in infections has led to outrage among the people, with many blaming politicians for the spike. They have pointed fingers at those who returned from campaigning in the Sabah state elections for bringing the virus back to the peninsula.

“However, as Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob correctly pointed out, the outbreak is not solely caused by politicians, as there were also infections caused by returning travellers, tourists and also those who had gone to Sabah for official matters and business.

“As true as Ismail’s explanation may be, many will remain unconvinced and this is only natural. After all, it is the cases involving politicians and clusters caused by them which are going to be most widely reported,” he added.

Baljit noted that, as it is, there are already banners being put up at various public places condemning politicians for the latest rise in Covid-19 cases.

“Over here, I would like to urge the police to reconsider their threat of locating and arresting those behind the banners. Such action is not going to be helpful at all, as it is bound to aggravate the public even more.

“Threats of arrest and prosecution of the people should be the last thing on the minds of the authorities right now.

“On the contrary, what is needed is a less condescending approach, which Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been striving hard to inculcate in his administration,” he stressed.