Wednesday February 27, 2008
Extreme tactics to get Miri voters attention
MIRI: Sarawak DAP deputy secretary-general Fong Pau Teck is resorting to extreme measures to draw public attention to the partys cause.
The 39-year-old candidate for the Miri parliamentary seat has taken to standing in the middle of highway road dividers, junctions, traffic lights and roundabouts during rush hour, waving the partys flags and placards, a move Miri traffic police have described as not very wise.
Fong said he learned this extreme style of political campaigning from Taiwan where he studied economics from 1989 to 1999.
Taiwanese politicians use these daring styles and were very effective in getting mass attention, he said when interviewed at a road divider along the Miri-Brunei highway, as cars, buses, lorries and motorcycles zoomed by.
Fong is challenging Miri incumbent MP Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui from Barisans component Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) in a straight fight.
Accompanied by his assistants, who carry posters and signboards describing the problems in Miri that DAP wants to correct, Fong greeted and called out to passing drivers, Good morning uncle, aunty, please vote for DAP. Please come to our ceramah. Please help us change society.
Asked if it was worth risking life and limb for politics, Fong said that in order to fight for what you know is right, you must draw attention to your cause.
Miri police chief Asst Comm Jamaluddin Ibrahim warned Fong to be careful.
I know this is musim politik, but it is not wise to risk your life like that. If he is causing danger to public safety, then it is against the law and police can act against him, he said.