TANJUNG MALIM – Voters in the Slim state seat by-election have been reminded to pay serious attention to the use of face masks due to possible congestion at the polling stations, which will make it difficult for physical distancing.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the use of face masks is very important in crowded public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“I believe (it may be) difficult to practice physical distancing in this situation but I hope all parties comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) by wearing face masks,” he told reporters after visiting the Sekolah Kebangsaan Aminudin Baki polling centre near here, today.
However, he still hoped that every voter can ensure physical distancing according to the SOP under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
According to the Election Commission (EC), 29 per cent of the 22,749 voters have exercised their rights as of 11 am today.
The Slim by-election being held today is a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, Mohd Zaidi Aziz and two Independent candidates, namely lawyer, Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi, who is representing the yet-to-be registered Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) and former teacher S. Santharasekaran.