“I am from Sarawak and in my hometown, it's common to receive a bribe of RM50, RM100 or even more from ‘some officer’ to vote for the government.
Sometimes, the bribery is not even in monetary form, but in forms of rice, powdered milk or other basic necessities. It has happened at every election and it will happen again this time.
I am of Iban descent and my grandparents live in a longhouse. Everytime there’s elections, the government will go to these rural longhouses by 4WD or boat, just to give these basic necessities.
They will also bribe the ‘tuai rumah’ (leader of longhouse), so the ‘tuai rumah’ can influence longhouse residents to support the government. Even my parents look forward to the elections, because they will get money for voting for the government.
As a kid, I couldn’t wait to grow up so I can get money by voting for the government too!
And most people love that. Sadly, they don't know the impact of their actions. It's never about the welfare of the people. It's all about winning and staying in power.
Still, I don't believe that the opposition is any better. They have their fair share of dirty tricks and tactics to ensure their winnings as well.
But one thing is for sure, I simply want change for my country. So go out there and vote for what you believe is the change that you and your people need. May God bless us and our country.”
“Vote for the government if you don't want the "Semenanjung mentality" to spread in Sarawak” - that’s the general message of the government to the people ever since I was a kid.
If you don't know what ‘Semenanjung mentality’ is, just think of the people who love to create chaos, riots and burn things to the ground. Yes, this is the picture painted by the government in everyone's head. This is divide and conquer at its best.
This is the mentality that I have had since I was a kid till the day I flew to Semenanjung to further my studies.
Then I finally saw the truth. The people in Semenanjung are no different than us in Sarawak. They are friendly and kind just like us. But most importantly, they have access to the truth.
They know the extent of injustice and corruption that is happening in our country. This part was not made available to most Sarawakians and Sabahans. Since their news source are national radio and TV, which are controlled by the state. So they only get one view about our country, and that is the good side of the government and the bad side of opposition.
And it still happens to this day."