Anglican Church worries state polls could trigger another Covid outbreak


Datuk Danald Jute

KUCHING (November 10): The Anglican Church of Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam has expressed concern over the possible emergence of new Covid-19 groups due to upcoming state elections.

“While the Diocese of Kuching welcomes the opportunity for the people to exercise their inherent rights to elect the government of their choice, we are also deeply concerned about the issues surrounding the health, safety and welfare of the people. people, in light of Covid. -19 which continues to spread in our community, ”said the Anglican Church of Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam Bishop Datuk Danald Jute in a statement following the 30th Biennial Diocesan Synod, the highest governing body of the Church, held at St. Thomas Cathedral. in Kuching since November 7 and ended today.

In view of this, Danald urged all parties involved in the election, namely political parties, candidates, agents, party workers and all voters, to take all necessary precautions.

“Everyone’s safety should never be compromised at any time. Instead, the health and well-being of everyone should be a priority before, during and after the elections, ”he said.

Danald said the synod, which was attended by 200 delegates, including priests and parish delegates, took note of the upcoming 12th state election.

“We urge all parties to move beyond their political affiliations and differences for the benefit of all Sarawakans, who inherit a rich heritage of mutual trust, respect, brotherhood and friendship. All attempts contrary to peace and harmony must be fought.

“Likewise, all attempts to restrict our freedom, including the freedom to practice and promote one’s faith and religion, must be rejected. God bless Sarawak. God bless Malaysia, ”Danald said.

The 12th state election is due to take place within 60 days of the lifting of the emergency ordinance in Sarawak on November 3, which also saw the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN).


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