Emergencies over by-elections?

The Sabah state government has asked Putrajaya to consider proposing an emergency declaration in Bugaya to delay a by-election, like in Batu Sapi.

Do these emergencies potentially set a negative precedent for future by-elections? Political scientist Prof Wong Chin Huat shares his insights with BFM.

Produced by Hezril Asyraaf

Presented by Lee Chwi Lynn

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4 Dec 2020 10.34am

The state government finding a easy way out by asking federal government to declare emergency. This is a lazy mans work. Instead of having discussions with all relevant parties to hold a safe election as was done in other countries including Singapore the Sabah state government findings a easy way out. Declaring emergency to avoid election can set a dangerous precedent. It’s like Muhyiddin want to declare emergency to avoid presenting the budget in parliament.

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loyal malaysian
4 Dec 2020 10.04am

The fact that national elections have taken place in Singapore and New Zealand showed the lie that is the Batu Sapi emergency.
As Prof. Wong commented, the backdoor PM wants to use it as a justification for his ‘application’ to have a national state of emergency.
But since it is necessary in Batu Sapi, why not Bugaya and Gerik?