The Melaka State Legislative Assembly (DUN) had been dissolved on 4 October after four assemblymen withdrew their support for the Chief Minister of Melaka. Following which, a snap election poll is said to be held within the next 60 days.
However, the citizens of Melaka are fearful that the Melaka State Election (PRN) will spark another Covid-19 outbreak in the state, which is similar to what had happened in the previous Sabah State Election.
In a survey conducted by Bernama, the average resident responded that they would prefer to have the elections postponed until the Covid-19 situation in the state is stabilised.
Among those interviewed, Mazlan Ismail, a restaurant operator said those operating in the Food and Beverage industry have breath a sigh of relief after the recent SOP relaxation which allowed customers to dine in. He added that they are worried if this will be reversed if the Covid-19 cases increase again.
“If the PRN is held, the people of Melaka from outside will definitely return to vote and no one can deny their rights as voters but we are worried about an infection that contributes to the increase in cases.”
“From what I see, the government needs to learn from what happened after the Sabah PRN, positive cases increased not only there but throughout the country so many business sectors had to be closed due to the implementation of the Movement Control Order (PKP).” he said.
Meanwhile, a clothing trader at Pahlawan Walk, Sharifah Shahira Wafa Syed Rosely Waffa also expressed her worry that the PRN will affect the Covid-19 recovery progress of the state, and she hopes that tourism activities will be allowed to resume soon.
She said that she has decided to not go out to vote if the PRN is being held, adding that she does not want to get infected, despite the SOPs implemented by the authorities.
On the other hand, an employee from the private sector, Ian Choo said he will still go out to vote as it is his responsibility to do so as a citizen. However, he hopes that the PRN will be postponed until the situation in Melaka is safe.
As of 6 October, Melaka recorded 200 Covid-19 cases and have 88.5% of its adult population vaccinated.
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