DAP candidate in Kapit going all out to win over voters

Paren (second left) is going from one village to another, one longhouse to the next to canvass for support.

KAPIT, May 1: Pakatan Harapan-Democratic Action Party (PH-DAP) candidate for Kapit Paren Nyawi is going full throttle to gain the trust of the constituents of Kapit through canvassing and billboard publicity.

This has been happening since his candidacy was confirmed on April 28, after nomination.

In a statement yesterday, he said he and his team tried to raise publicity through billboard displays, party flags and canvassing from longhouse to longhouse, started with the ones along Belawai River.

The messages on the billboards in Kapit town and Song town include elimination of GST, defending native customary land rights and changing the fate of the villagers and longhouse folks.

Apart from making personal contact with the voters, the team also distributed pamphlets and flyers.

DAP has set up huge billboards to increase Paren’s profile in the public eye.

Apart from longhouses, he also visited Kampung Baru, Kampung Muhibah and Kampung Melayu Kapit.

In the evenings, Paren and the team do what all DAP candidates are doing — give ‘ceramah’.

“It is eight days to polling and I will try to meet as many voters as possible and try to make sure that our campaign messages may reached the some 30,000 voters in Kapit area through canvassing, ‘ceramah’, printed materials and social media.”

To DAP supporters who would like to be PACA (polling and counting agents) volunteers, Paren invited them to go the DAP election operation centre at Bleteh Kapit which is above Seaman Cafe.

Many longhouses in Kapit can only be reached by longboat.

It is a straight fight between PH-DAP Paren and Barisan National-Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (BN-PBB) candidate Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi in Kapit.

There are in total 31,008 voters where as many as 87 per cent are Dayak while the Chinese comprises about 10 per cent.

Nanta was able to defend the seat with 9,117 votes in the 2013 general election by defeating Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Abun Sui Anyit who polled 3,283 votes and George Lagang from Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) who garnered 2,129 votes. — DayakDaily