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马来西亚中华大会堂总会(华总) 总会长丹斯里吴添泉:必要下“区域性紧急状态”也应实施在其他即临补选区

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华总会长丹斯里吴添泉 对国家元首苏丹阿都拉陛下昨午颁布,通过“区域性紧急状态”取消和延后沙巴三脚石区国会议席补选,以免冠病疫情扩散的御令表示支持,同时认为必要下,也应该落实在沙州布加雅区州议席和霹雳州宜力区国会议席补选区。

他说,“区域性紧急状态”曾经在我国出现,最近一次是在2013年6月23日,基于烟霾污染恶化而把柔佛州南部(麻城和礼让两县)列入紧急状态,并在第二天因情况好转而解除。当时这项“烟霾紧急状态”并没有涉及限制居留,政府行政没有更改,中央和州政府行政体制也保持不变。

他形容,另外两次“区域性紧急状态”也曾经分别出现在1977年出现在吉兰丹州和1996年在砂拉越州,但当时是涉及政局不稳危机。

他强调,上述3次非全国性实施,仅是出现在不同区域的紧急状态,都有不同的背景,但有关动机和这次面对的冠病疫情不同。

“作为历史上首次应对的冠病危机,国家元首和各方面这次能够在不抵触联邦宪法条文下以酌情可行方式,颁布这项区域性紧急状态以取消和延后三脚石补选直到疫情结束后才举行的安排,是最合理、明智和民主的作法。

也是 沙巴中華大會堂 FCAS 总会长的吴添泉今天发表文告,针对国家元首援引联邦宪法第150条文(1)及(2B)部分,颁布紧急法令而取消原定在本月23日提名和下月5日投票的三脚石区国会议席补选御令表明全力支持,同时表示华总和沙华堂在之前也曾经主张政府通过宪法专家和选举委员会等深入研究,以探讨颁布这项“区域性紧急法令”展延补选或任何选举的可行性。

他认为,在公共卫生和人命关天下,如果国内尤其是有关选区的疫情持续不容乐观,不论是任何补选、州选或大选,都应该被考虑延后直到疫情好转、情况恢复为止。

针对国家皇宫总管拿督阿末法迪尔在文告中说“这项御令是为了防范冠病疫情不受控制地蔓延。陛下非常关心沙巴每日居高不下的确诊病例,并对沙巴人民自9月26日举行州选举后,便一直受到冠病疫情困扰感到忧心忡忡。”的声明,吴添泉表示感激,并形容这是陛下爱民如子的崇高体现。

他认为,展延补选无关任何政治角力,而是关乎人民健康与安全,因为它仅是展延有关选举程序而已,其他政府行政机关,企业活动和人民生活应照常:“就如首相丹斯里慕尤丁所声明的,当地不会落实戒严,也不会有军事管治,一切行政、日常生活与社交活动照旧,但大家须严格遵守防疫标准作业程序,而政府也保证,只要疫情结束就会尽快举行补选,让选民在安全情况下运用民主权利投票。”

吴添泉 说,昨天为止,沙巴仍然是全国最多冠病病例州属,累计病例达2万4269宗,181宗死亡病例。单单是昨天,沙州就新增了387宗确诊病例,增加3个感染群以及两宗死亡病例,情况令人高度担忧。

“政府朝野和人民,都有必要听取来自卫生部和选举委员会的专业看法与劝告,如果必须根据现有宪法在期限内进行补选或州选,并强调在竞选期间遵守标准作业程序的作法,是一项非常被动、消极和高风险的选择,过去的沙州选举便是一个明显的助长疫情感染实例!”

他强调,沙州选所引发的全国第三波疫情惨痛经验和过程,无论如何也不能再重演。
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Huazong: Regional ‘state of emergency’ should be considered for other imminent by elections, if necessary

The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) welcomes and fully supports the King’s decision to declare a state of emergency in Batu Sapi, Sabah which cancels the by-election in the parliamentary constituency.

Its President Tan Sri T.C Goh also opined that if necessary, similar ‘regional state of emergency’ should also be considered for the other imminent by elections in the country. He underscored that this is necessary in order to prevent a spike in Covid-19 cases which would be devastating to our economy, besides causing unnecessary deaths, hence it should be avoided at all cost.

The two imminent by elections are namely Gerik parliamentary constituency in Perak, and Bugaya state constituency in Sabah, following the passing of the respective MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman, and Warisan’s assemblywoman Datin Manis Muka Mohd Darah, recently.

Goh recalled that a ‘regional state of emergency’ was previously declared on 23 June, 2013 in the southern part of Johor covering the two districts of Muar and Ledang, due to worsening haze situation. However, it was immediately lifted on the following day, when the situation improved. The other two such occasions were during political unrest in Kelantan and Sarawak, in 1977 and 1996 respectively.

He noted that all the three occasions were regional in nature and each with their own specific reason, while this time around, it was due to a pandemic.

He described the King’s decision on a Proclamation of Emergency under Article 150(1) of the Federal Constitution to cancel the Batu Sapi by-election, as a wise, appropriate and democratic move. This was also in line with Huazong’s recent proposal calling for an appropriate move to temporarily postpone elections and by elections in the country, until the pandemic is over.

He thus expressed his utmost gratitude to the King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s decision which fully demonstrated his love and care for the people amidst the fight against the pandemic. This was especially timely in view of a widespread spike in Covid-19 cases in Sabah, following the state election held on 26 September.

Gof who is also the President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) noted that, as of Wednesday, Sabah still topped the list as the state with highest number of Covid-19 cases, totaling at 24,269 cases, with 181 fatalities. On the same day itself, Sabah recorded 387 new cases, with 3 new clusters and two deaths, which was clearly alarming.

He thus underscored that the declaration of emergency to postpone by elections has got nothing to do with politics, but was essentially based on serious consideration of the people’s health and safety.

“This was evident, as the matter of fact that, the people’s daily life still goes on as usual during this period of time. Furthermore, the prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin too has assured that there won’t be any curfew or military rule in place, while the government administration and people’s daily life goes on as usual, except that everyone must strictly abide by the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the government and the relevant authorities.

“The prime minister also assured that the government would allow the people to exercise their democratic right to vote, as soon as the pandemic is over,” he said.

He reiterated that Sabah can’t afford to have another wave of Covid-19 spikes which had proven to be extremely dreadful and costly, and it should be avoided at all cost.

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