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Emergency Declared In Batu Sapi, Sabah To Cancel Upcoming By-Election

Emergency Declared In Batu Sapi, Sabah To Cancel Upcoming By-Election

Otherwise, a by-election would have to take place by the end of the month.

Kirat Kaur

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A state of Emergency has been declared at the Parliamentary Election Division (P.185) Batu Sapi, Sabah by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

In a statement released by Istana Negara, it is explained that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had presented his advice to the King today after a Cabinet decision was made.

The Emergency declaration is based on Clause (1) of Article 150 of the Federal Constitution to enable an Ordinance to be promulgated under Clause (2B) of Article 150 to repeal the date set for the by-election (PRK) for P.185 Batu Sapi, Sabah.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin meeting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to advise Emergency declaration in Batu Sapi, Sabah.
(Credit: Istana Negara/Facebook)

Before coming to the decision, the YDPA had also been briefed by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and Election Commission Chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh.

With this Declaration, any proceedings and preparations for the purpose of the by-election for P.185 Batu Sapi will not be continued, in order to prevent the occurrence of a Covid-19 fourth wave.

Istana Negara

The Batu Sapi Parliamentary seat was left vacant following the passing of Datuk Liew Vui Keong on 2 October 2020.

According to the Federal Constitution, elections must be done within 60 days after a seat has been vacated.

The YDPA explains that the Emergency declaration in Batu Sapi is a proactive measure to curb the spread of Covid-19, especially after the massive spike following the Sabah state elections in late September.

Read the full statement below:


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