PENAMPANG : Kapayan independent candidate Chew Shung Seng literarily scolded two voters for publicly demanding cash from politicians in exchange for votes on Sept. 26.
The indicent happened during a walk about in one of the restaurants at Jalan Bundusan Saturday morning.
“The individuals publicly shouted and demanded for RM300 in exchange for votes as I entered one of the kedai to greet and briefly introduce my manifesto to customers “. the disappointed candidate said.
“I tried to politely explain to them that this election is not about money but to no avail. I blatantly told them that vote selling and vote buying are electoral fraud and should not be encouraged,” he added.
Despite my persuations, Chew said the two continued to shout for cash as another candidate entered the same establishment.
He described the actuation of the two as disgraceful, unbecoming of a voter and unacceptable foolish behaviour.
‘I have no choice but to speak the same language for them to clearly understand my truthful message. I don’t care if they call me rude but what is important to me is for all to adhere and respect the law of the land, ” the principled candidate stressed.
With Sabah facing many socio-economic problems plus the life-threatening pandemic, he said he is really disappointed that there are still few who take the electorate exercise as something like money-making exercise at the expense of other law abiding citizens.
He said the snap election is a serious matter and a golden opportunity for Sabahans to once again elect its leaders and architect a progressive and prosperous strategies for the future of our beloved ‘Land Below The Wind’.
Chew said let us not forget the old proverb that says : ‘Love begets love and respect begets respect’.
Chew who is facing a seven cornered fight in the Kapayan electoral seat vowed never to use money to buy votes likewise will always discourage people from selling their votes to politicians.
“I will always be proud of myself to loss an election for being honest rather be victorious out of fraud,” the 45 year-old businessman turned politician stressed.
Chew said he firmly believe that vote selling and vote buying obstruct the democratic process and any kind of electoral fraud will promote corruption and will bring down a community, society, state, and country.
He hope by exposing Saturday’s incident will serve as eye opener to politicians and voters alike.
Some members of the rakyat blame politicians for being corrupt but they forgot that they too help politicians to be corrupt, he added.
If given the mandate, Chew pledge to address problems like unemployment, business opportunities, flash flood, infrastructures, cleanliness and beautification, provide free medical assistance (reading glasses and medicine to senior citizens) and ensure honest, transparent and good governance.