It would help id SUPP Senator provide details of the swapping of polling centres which he alleged so that we can check it with the SPR. There are 14 such cases found recently in Selangau and have been submitted to SPR Sarawak for action.
Sim urges voters to validate polling status
February 22, 2010, Monday
KUCHING: Kuching voters were yesterday urged to have their polling status validated to avoid inconvenience in the next state election.
Senator Datuk Sim Kheng Hui who came up with the statement noted that Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), of which he is secretary general, went through awful experience of being directed to a polling centre other than that those they used to cast their votes.
For instance, if voters are supposed to vote for the Pending constituency, some of them were taken aback when being told that they should be casting their votes in Batu Lintang.
“In last elections, it happened that some voters’ polling centre was changed and they had no clue about it until the polling day itself.
“Therefore, it is best that voters check their details through SUPP or with the Election Commission (EC) before the polling day to prevent any hassle,” he told a Lunar New Year gathering jointly organised by Taman Riverview Committee Association, SUPP Pending Branch Taman Riverview Area Committee and Komuniti Bestari Taman Riverview Saturday night.
Sim, who is also SUPP Pending branch chairman, thus advised voters, particularly those who had experienced the uninformed swap of polling centres to approach the party or EC for a clear direction.
He also urged those aged 21 and above to register as voters given that the 10th state election could be called in a year. Also a former Pending assemblyman, Sim said he hoped that the local communities would continue supporting SUPP to wrest back the seat in the next election.
SUPP lost Pending to Democratic Action Party (DAP) candidate and now assemblywoman Violet Yong in May 2006. Sim felt that the severe setback of SUPP more than three years ago should not deter the party from recovering ground confidence.
“I lost Pending, no doubt but I hope people here will still back us up as SUPP is capable of bringing about development given its representation in Barisan Nasional (BN) government.”
He said the federal government would continue to place emphasis on the growth of Sarawak while Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had several times visited to the state.
“Some people speculated that this is because the election is coming and that is why our Prime Minister flies here often. Be it true or not, it tells one thing, that the BN government cares.
“With the 1Malaysia concept mooted and promoted nation-wide, hopefully the BN government can further overcome some weaknesses to better reach out to the people,” added Sim. Najib is currently on a two-day visit to the state. In view of the rising election fever, Sim also called on Sarawakians to learn more about the political development in the state.