Johor polls: Here are the five election candidates who have tested positive for Covid-19 so far | Malaysia

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Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional flags line both sides of Jalan Sutera ahead of national elections, in Johor Baru on February 28, 2022. – Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 – Halfway through the 14-day campaign period for the Johor state elections, four out of 239 election candidates have tested positive for Covid-19.

Who are they? And how do they reach out to voters despite being unable to physically campaign for a week while in quarantine?

Excluded from the list are two people, one who was swapped and the other who had completed quarantine before Johor’s election campaign period.

Even before the start of elections in Johor State, the Pejuang Tanah Air Party (Pejuang) announced on February 25 that its initial candidate for the Endau State seat – Zaini Tahar – had tested positive for Covid-19. 19 on February 24 and replaced him with Mohd Noorhisyam Ibrahim.

PKR’s expected candidate for Larkin State Headquarters, Dr. Zamil Najwah Arbain, announced on February 17 that he had tested positive for Covid-19 via a routine self-test, and on February 24, announced that his quarantine period was over. It was two days before Nomination Day, which has allowed him to carry out physical campaign activities since then.

Here is the list of the four election candidates who have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the Johor state election campaign on February 26:

1. PKR candidate Gambir, Naim Jusri (February 26)

Naim tested positive on nomination day (February 26) himself when he underwent a medical examination upon arrival at the nomination centre.

While standard Covid-19 operating procedures denied him entry to personally submit his application documents after he tested positive, the Johor PKR secretary was allowed to be a candidate with his application documents submitted by his nominator and his linebacker.

Based on Naim’s Facebook page, he had shared photos and posts about campaign activities in Gambir by his team while he remained in quarantine. He also shared events or activities where PKR leaders such as when Johor PKR leader Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, former Machap State Assembly Member Jaya Datuk Ginie Lim, PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and PKR Datuk Seri Advisory Board Chairman Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail have dropped in to help campaign on his behalf. Naim had also posted short videos of himself on Facebook and joined online forums.

According to a report from the local daily The star, his quarantine period is over. He had already come out on March 5 to campaign. That leaves him seven days to personally run a physical campaign before Election Day on March 12.

2. Arthur Chiong Sen Sern, PKR candidate in Bukit Batu (February 27)

On the second day of the campaign period (February 27), Chiong posted a message on Facebook overnight to announce that he had tested positive for Covid-19 following his daily self-testing routine and urged anyone who had met him in recent days to undergo Test Covid-19.

In his announcement, he said his team would continue to carry out election campaign activities, while he would campaign online through social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook while under quarantine. The next day, he also shared that the operations room of PKR Bukit Batu had been disinfected.

Based on his Facebook page, he posted videos of himself and also spoke to voters through video calls as his representative held a mobile device when meeting with voters.

Selangor PKR Youth leader and Rawang State Assembly Member Chua Wei Kiat and PKR Selayang MP William Leong had also joined Chiong’s team in campaign activities, while Chiong himself also personally made phone calls to voters and joined an online forum. PKR chairman Anwar is also due to appear at an event tonight (March 5) to help Chiong’s campaign.

March 5 was the last day of Chiong’s quarantine, and he will resume the physical campaign on March 6. That leaves Chiong six more days of physical campaigning before Election Day.

3. Barisan Nasional Penggaram candidate Ter Hwa Kwong (March 4)

On March 4 (the seventh day of the campaign period), Ter – who is also a Batu Pahat town councilor – announced in Facebook posts in the afternoon that he had been confirmed positive for Covid-19 on the same day. .

Ter said he immediately canceled all campaign activities on March 3 and left for an RT-PCR test and self-isolated from that day on, after being told he had been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

Apologizing to those who may have become close contacts during his final days of physical campaigning activities, Ter said his team would continue to campaign on his behalf as he is quarantined. over the next few days.

Ter has since posted short videos on Facebook, including saying he will continue his online campaign and advising that he is in good condition except for mild symptoms.

4. DAP Pekan Nanas candidate Yeo Tung Siong (March 4)

On March 4 (the seventh day of the campaign period), Yeo announced in an overnight Facebook post that he had received the results of his RT-PCR test taken on March 3. It happened after he tested negative via a self-test kit in March. 3, and after taking the RT-PCR test and canceling his activities after feeling unwell in the afternoon. He had self-quarantined since March 3 and said he had only experienced mild symptoms as he received his booster dose, while also urging those who are close contacts to be tested for Covid- 19.

Yeo’s Pekan Nanas election operations room was disinfected on March 5, and he switched to online chats with voters via Facebook Live, and also made video calls to voters via a mobile gadget owned by his team. during physical visits.

As an incumbent MP from Pekan Nanas state ahead of the Johor state elections, Yeo has also throughout the campaign period listed his accomplishments or contributions on Facebook. He had also published his 14-point electoral manifesto on March 4 on Facebook.

As he is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and has also received his booster dose, the mandatory seven-day quarantine period would likely leave Yeo with around one or two days of physical campaigning before Election Day on March 12. , depending on the timing of his quarantine period. has begun.

5. DAP candidate Jementah, Ng Kor Sim (March 5)

On March 5, 2022 (the ninth day of the campaign), Ng announced on her Facebook account that she had self-isolated after being informed of being in close contact with a Covid-19 positive person. Her first self-test was negative, but the other two she took later the same day and the next morning came back positive, so she took an RTK test and that confirmed she had the virus.

Ng was unable to attend several interviews with DAP leadership due to her positive test results and thanked those who attended the seminars even though she was absent, adding that all SOPs had been followed.

She said she would continue working from home by going online so she could stay in touch with voters during the campaign period.

Precautions in the middle of the Omicron wave

As of March 4, the Ministry of Health’s CovidNow website showed that there were 20,286 active cases of Covid-19 in Johor, but with 93.6% under home quarantine (usually for those with mild or mild symptoms). no symptoms), while 1,043 are hospitalized, 221 in low-risk Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centers, nine others in intensive care units without respiratory assistance and 22 in intensive care units requiring assistance respiratory.

Since the beginning of the election campaign period, the daily number of new Covid-19 cases for Johor State has been between over 1,700 cases and over 2,300 cases.

In the latest Electoral Commission (EC) Standard Operating Procedures as per the proposals of the Ministry of Health and the National Security Council on March 2, additional and amended campaign rules for Johor state elections include the prohibition of public speeches in open premises or public spaces.

The updated rules, however, state that public speeches or campaigns by ceramic may be done within the confines of a political party’s office or official party operations room, provided it is not held after midnight, and with everyone present – including the organizer, secretariat, chair and attendees – not exceeding 100 people or 50% of capacity whichever is lower, and with physical distancing of at least one meter and the wearing of face masks required.

The full set of election campaign SOPs for the Johor State election from March 2 can be viewed on the National Security Council website, for example allowing only a maximum of five people to take walks or house-to-house visits, but not entering the house and only allowed to distribute flyers from outside the door, and only allowing fully vaccinated people to be present at ceramic or public speeches, as well as requiring campaign workers to self-test every other day for the duration of the campaign.

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