Democracy ‘very much alive’ in Malaysia – Salleh


KOTA KINABALU: Democracy is “very much alive” in Malaysia, said Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) Backbencher Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.


He made this remark after three coalitions, namely Barisan Nasional (BN), Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) had officially announced their intention to contest all seats in the upcoming Melaka state election.

“This shows that democracy is alive and well. We hope this election will focus more as a contest of policy, rather than a clash of personalities,” he said in his latest Facebook posting.

The former Sabah Chief Minister, however, reminded political parties contesting in the Melaka state election to be mindful on complying with the stipulated SOPs.

“By doing so, we minimise risks related to COVID-19,” he said.

The Election Commission has set polling date for the Melaka State Election on Nov 20, while the nomination of candidates is on Nov 8 and early voting on Nov 16.

It is being held following the dissolution of the State Assembly on Oct 4 after four state assemblymen withdrew their support for then chief minister, Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.

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