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Muhyiddin concedes Sabah state poll campaigning among reasons behind recent Covid-19 spike

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin has admitted that the campaigning for the recent Sabah state election was among the probable causes of the recent Covid-19 spike, as the country announced a new record high of 691 daily cases on Tuesday (Oct 6).

Mr Muhyiddin Yassin said the Election Commission had outlined standard operating procedures (SOPs) for campaigning, but lamented that some failed to obey them.

Mr Muhyiddin Yassin said the Election Commission had outlined standard operating procedures (SOPs) for campaigning, but lamented that some failed to obey them.

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin has admitted that the campaigning for the recent Sabah state election was among the probable causes of the recent Covid-19 spike, as the country announced a new record high of 691 daily cases on Tuesday (Oct 6).

Mr Muhyiddin said the Election Commission had outlined standard operating procedures (SOPs) for campaigning, but lamented that some failed to obey them.

“Unfortunately, there are SOPs that have not been obeyed,” he said in a special address from home as he is quarantined following minister Zulkifli Mohamad testing positive for Covid-19.

The Sabah election was triggered following the dissolution of the state assembly by Mr Shafie Apdal, after Mr Musa Aman attempted a takeover of the state government with several defectors.

Gabungan Rakyat Sabah, an alliance between Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and their allies would later win the election on Sept 26. MALAY MAIL

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