Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sarawak PKR warns of rampant vote-buying

Stephen Tiong

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian expects rampant vote-buying in the upcoming state election by the BN in its drive to stay in power.

“We know this is going to happen as this has long been a practice by the BN,” he alleged in an interview with London-based Radio Free Sarawak.

He said PKR, together with non-governmental organisations, had organised and will continue to organise, roadshows to educate the people of their constitutional rights.

“It is important that they must never exchange their rights for RM20 or RM30,” he said.

Baru said it was important that they elected the right people to be their representatives in the State Legislative Assembly as they were the ones who would speak for them or defend against their Native Customary Rights (NCR) land being taken away from them.

Vote without fear or favour

On fears expressed by the rural voters that their votes were not secret, Baru said no one would know who they voted for as long as they did not tell other people.

“Even then, there is no law to say that you would be sent to jail if you vote for a particular candidate, either from PKR or the BN,” Baru said.

He assured that the voters should not feel threatened on their way to the polling stations to cast their votes.

Baru said PKR and NGOs would deploy a large number of volunteers, who would be armed with cameras and videos, to polling stations and polling centres to monitor any form of bribery or people receiving cash in exchange for their votes, during the state election.

On the just concluded Tenang by-election won by the BN, Baru said it would not have any effects in PKR's preparations for the coming Sarawak election.

Taken from Malaysiakini


Anonymous said...

Syabas Encik Baru Bian we support you all the way now...!!!

wong said...

Heaven have ears and eyes. Heavens is on the side of the righteous. Those who are corrupt and arrogant will fall. It is time tested principle.