Dr Sim denies allegations over RM100 handout to SUPP supporters

Dr Sim speaks to reporters after the nomination.

KUCHING, April 28: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) candidate for Stampin Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian has refuted allegations that the party gave out RM100 cash each to supporters coming to the nomination centre at Padawan Municipal Council this morning.

He stressed that he wanted a “clean fight with no money politics” and will lodged a police report against the false allegations.

Sim is facing state Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen in a high profile battle dubbed as the ‘clash of the titans’.

Sim was accompanied by thousands of supporters this morning, including supporters from fellow Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP). Also at the scene was the SUPP’s election truck which converted into a stage with loudspeakers from which Dr Sim addressed his supporters after the nomination process.

“We are lucky to have the support of all BN component parties here. This time, we don’t only vote for Stampin, we vote for Barisan Nasional Sarawak.

“Thank you all for being here despite the hot weather. We must win!” he told the crowd in both Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

Dr Sim (right, yellow shirt) and his supporters rally outside the nomination centre.

Dr Sim charged that DAP was using dirty tactics by alleging SUPP was giving away money in order to get sympathy votes, adding it was a totally baseless accusation.

He said DAP used the same tactic before by alleging that he sent a lorry-load of money to Batu Kawah constituents in the last state election. A police report over the vote-buying allegations was filed by voters yesterday.

Earlier, Sim told reporters he felt “normal” as he had experienced many elections in the past, but this time around, he need all his supporters to work very hard,

“If everybody works hard, everybody don’t get mislead, and everybody looks at it rationally, I believe that even though I am the underdog, I can narrow the gap over the next 11 days.”

He also urged the constituents to judge the candidate’s character, the party’s character, and his track record of serving the people in Batu Kawah since he was elected two years ago.

Meanwhile, Chong told reporters that an alleged BN supporter wearing a yellow shirt (SUPP’s colour) had told him that he received RM100 for one morning’s attendance.

Chong said he knew the person’s name and he believed the young fellow revealing the RM100 cash handout was due to a slip of the tongue. — DayakDaily