Sharifah Hasidah: Some voters still not familiar with GPS hornbill symbol, poses challenge in coming State polls

Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali

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KUCHING, Oct 31: Gabungan Part Sarawak (GPS)’s adoption of its current hornbill symbol following it leaving the Barisan Nasional (BN) fold inadvertentlys pose a challenge in upcoming 12th Sarawak State Elections (PRN12).

Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said some voters especially the elderly may not recognise GPS’ hornbill logo as they are more familiar with BN’s ‘dacing’ (scales) symbol.

She noted that opposition Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) is also using a hornbill symbol which compounds the situation.

“So, please do your best to explain and promote to them (voters) our symbol. Explain to them the differences so that they do not make any mistake when casting votes,” she urged GPS grassroot leaders at a meet-the-people session at the Spaoh community hall today.

Another challenge, Sharifah Hasidah pointed out, would be the turnout rate especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She said grassroot leaders and members play a big role in convincing all voters to turn up on election day.

While expressing confidence that Bukit Saban incumbent Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas could retain his seat, she said a higher turnout rate would secure a bigger majority.

“Uggah has done a great deal to bring more development and progress to the Bukit Sabah constituency and Spaoh town.

“The list of projects already implemented, to be implemented and on the drawing board is very long. We have the physical developments and Uggah’s next focus on socio-economic development.

“He wants to help the people generate more stable income through modern agriculture. These are all for the benefit of our future generation. In fact, a vote for GPS is a vote for a better future for our State and our youth,” she said.

Also present at event Uggah who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, his wife Datu Doreen Mayang and political secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Richard Rapu. — DayakDaily