KUALA LUMPUR, June 14  — PAS agreed with UMNO’s suggestion not to pressure the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government to hold the 15th General Election (GE15) anytime soon as the country should be focusing on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been deemed a grave emergency.

Its secretary-general, Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, said the suggestion was appropriate and timely as the focus of attention of the state and federal governments should be on the efforts to fight the deadly coronavirus, which is still spreading in Malaysia and around the world.

“Political parties should also focus on efforts to help the people affected by the pandemic, not only in the aspect of health but also the economy,” he said in a statement here today.

He said this in response to the UMNO elections director Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman’s statement yesterday that no parties including UMNO should pressure the government to hold the GE15 anytime soon as the country should be focusing on fighting COVID-19.

Takiyuddin, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), said all political parties, as well as non-governmental organisations, should also give their cooperation to the government in handling and solving issues related to COVID-19, including issues that could raise tension and bring about a negative impact, as well as a waste time, energy and money.

“PAS is confident that the government will continue taking proactive measures after taking into consideration the opinions and suggestions from all quarters for the benefit of all Malaysians,” he said.


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