PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional (BN) has announced it will not contest in the by-election for the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in Sabah, following the death of Warisan MP Liew Vui Keong.
In a statement, chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the decision was made so as to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
He added that if the by-election went ahead, the state was likely to face another surge of Covid-19 cases like that which happened during and after the Sabah state elections last month.
“For BN, the wellbeing and health of the rakyat must be prioritised,” he said.
Zahid’s statement comes a day after Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki proposed for Umno and BN to avoid contesting in the by-election.
The Batu Sapi seat was won by Liew in a four-cornered fight involving Warisan, BN, Amanah and PAS in the 14th general election (GE14) on May 9, 2018. He had a majority of 4,619 votes.
Liew died on Oct 2 and a by-election needs to be held within 60 days from the date the Election Commission declares the seat vacant.
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