KUCHING: The leader of the State Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Pakatan Harapan (PH), Chong Chieng Jen, questioned the action of the Electoral Commission (EC) which withdrew one of the DAP election campaign posters.
He said state law enforcement officers (EC) withdrew the poster from the election campaign within an hour of the party workers’ posting, on the grounds that the poster is offensive to candidate Barisan Nasional and his leader.
The election campaign poster showed the faces of BN candidate for Stampin and United People’s Party of Sarawak (SUPP) candidate Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, party chairman, as well as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Sri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
“We were told that the instruction to remove the poster came from the director of the State EC, Datu Takun Sanggah. At the same time, Dr Sim and Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah also demanded that the poster be taken down immediately.
“The reason given to DAP is that the poster is very offensive and my question is which part of the billboard is offensive. Is it Rosmah, the Prime Minister or Dr Sim?
“Or is it (the part about)” Undi Sim Kui Hian equals Undi Najib and Rosmah “written on the poster that is offensive? he wondered.
Chong said EC was unreasonable and unfair in removing the poster, insisting that what they projected on the poster is the truth and that a vote for Dr Sim is a vote for the poster. ‘UMNO and a vote for Najib.
“My question to SUPP is why are they so afraid of being associated with Najib and Rosmah? When Najib is the head of BN, and SUPP is part of BN.
“In this GE14, the SUPP said that it had nothing to do with Najib, but everyone knows that Najib is the head of BN and that the Supp is one of the building blocks of BN.
“I urge this SUPP politician to be open and sincere to be people of Kuching and Sarawak. You are Najib’s subordinate. Anywhere everyone knows what it is and there is no reason for them (SUPP) to hide it, ”he said.
The EC on April 24 announced additional requirements for the use of campaign material for GE14. Two of the relevant requirements for the Chong scenario are:
- only photos of two political party leaders, namely the president (or his equivalent) and the vice-president (or his equivalent) (based on the use of the logo / symbol of the political party registered by the candidate during the Nomination Day) can be used in campaign materials; and
- photos of other officials of the contending parties, other than the president (or equivalent) and vice-president (or equivalent) are not permitted.