“And we’re acquainted as nicely with campaigning on-line through social media. We’re very snug,” he added. 

Mr Zulkifli will probably be contesting in a six-cornered conflict in Larkin, towards Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Hairi Md Shah, Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Zamil Najwah Arbain, Rasid Abu Bakar of Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA), Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang)’s Mohamad Riadz Mohamad Hashim in addition to Impartial candidate Norramadan Buan. 

Campaigning for the Johor state elections have kicked off in full swing after nomination day on Saturday (Feb 26).

Consistent with well being protocols set by the Election Fee, occasion candidates CNA spoke to have been striving to interact voters bodily and through social media, whereas adapting to laws to curb the unfold of COVID-19.

Earlier this month, the Election Fee introduced a brand new set of COVID-19 well being protocols for the Johor state elections. 

Native media reviews have said that the protocols for the Johor polls are barely extra versatile as in comparison with protocols for the Melaka and Sarawak state elections held not too long ago. 

For example, bodily campaigning is now allowed. Candidates are permitted to go to houses and organise rallies in the course of the 14-day interval of campaigning between Feb 26 and Mar 11.

Nonetheless, the rallies might solely be organised on the occasion’s headquarters or official workplaces and less than 100 folks could also be current. 

For house-to-house visits, no more than 5 persons are allowed to maneuver at one time, and candidates should not allowed to enter the houses. 

This has triggered some concern amongst occasion leaders. 

For example, PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin was not too long ago quoted as saying that the Election Fee ought to rethink loosening the restrictions on campaigning protocols, which he claimed had been strict and never very sensible. 

“It’s fairly strict as a result of we will solely maintain rallies in a single place, resembling occasion headquarters, so how can we anticipate all Johoreans to go there? 

“It’s not sensible in case you ask me as social gatherings are already allowed, like weddings, so what’s the distinction,” he reportedly stated.