Wednesday, April 24, 2013

See: A threat or treat for longhouse dwellers is a corrupt practice

KUCHING: The supply of power to longhouses should not be used as a threat or treat in exchange for votes during campaigning.

PKR state election director See Chee How said this appeared to be the case in several longhouses in Sri Aman constituency, which he visited with the party’s candidate Nicholas Mujah a few days ago.

“We noticed that power supply is a big problem in the longhouses from Balai Ringin onwards. You can see high-tension cables overhead but there is no electricity in the homes. In the last couple of months, Sesco and its contractors had been busy laying cables to the longhouses but the problem is that no meters have been fixed, so the people still do not have power supply.

“According to the contractors, they were told to fix the meters probably after May. When we asked the local residents why it was not done yet, they said they were told to make sure that Barisan must win in order for power supply to come to their homes,” he told a press conference at the party headquarters here yesterday.

Expressing his disappointment, See said it was the government’s duty to look after the people, including providing them with amenities.

“You cannot use it as a threat or treat, which is a corrupt practice,” he said.

In this regard, he assured voters that PKR would continue to fight for their rights after the elections.

“In particular, our candidate Mujah is known to be fighting for the longhouse folk all his career,” he added.

See also called on campaigners not to warn community leaders and headmen that they would be removed from their positions if they supported Pakatan Rakyat.

He said Pakatan would stand behind the headmen if they were victimised or dismissed after the polls.

“This happened in the last state elections and we brought one case to court and won. This is not good grounds for community leaders to be dismissed,” he said.

~ The Star

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