About 100 Ibans descended upon SUPP’s Sibu HQ to demand the balance of election promise amounting to Rm400.00 for each voter from SUPP candidate. According to eye-witness DAP’s chief Wong Ho Leng was also on hand to handle the situation. The Ibans however declined to give testimony or report to the police about their complaint where they alleged that SUPP agents refused to pay them the balance of the payment by using the excuse that these voters had voted for the Opposition candidate.
According to unverified allegations one of the candidates for Bawan Assan paid many voters Rm500.00 each to buy their vote. The news had spreaded far and wide such that even members of the public from as far as Sg Asap are heard talking about it. Such vote buying, if confirmed, would discredit the elected Assemblyperson for the area concerned ie Datuk Wong Soon Koh.
The incident recalls another similar incident years ago where hundreds of Ibans flocked to Rimbunan Hijau’s HQ to demand election promises in the form of payment to the voters, where some dissappointed voters even broke into fights with the company.
In the state election Wong Soon Koh of SUPP defeated DAP’s newbie Alice Lau by a much diminished majority as in previous state elections. Wong polled 7316 vote, beating Alice by 1808 votes. Wong remain as 1 of the 6 SUPP candidates who survived the state elections onslaught by the Pakatan Rakyat.
Update: Actually those who demand payment from SUPP are as guilty as the bribe givers as both are involved in bribery/corruption. While the police has no duty to help one side to demand payment which are illegal from the other, if the police take a legal view then they should take actions on both sides! But yet few of the public can expect the police to uphold the laws as they should. In the previous event in 1995 the case ended without any settlement.