Wednesday, May 4, 2016

#PRNSarawak : ‘Animals’ are running loose in Sarawak

From drones, war heroes to fuzzy soft toys — it’s an election campaign that stretches your imagination.

Even an owl which perched itself on a railing during a ceramah at a longhouse in Sibu was seen by the audience as a good omen for their candidate.

And animal-themed mascots adopted by political parties and candidates have become a fixture, appearing everywhere from posters to sugar-free mints.

Welcome to the Land of the Hornbills, where cows are grazing in Kuching, hawks are soaring all over, bees are buzzing and rhinoceroses are roaming about.

Peter Pau, who is the Barisan Nasional candidate for Padungan where Kuching’s Chinatown is located, opted for the cow as his mascot because he felt that the animal was known to be hardworking.

“Now that I am actively involved in politics, I resigned from my work as an engineer in order to give all my attention and time to serve the people,” he was quoted as saying.

UPP chose the hawk to symbolise its campaign in the state, while SUPP presented its bee with a tagline “We Can Bee”.

SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is contesting in Batu Kawah, promised to “Bee More for Business”, “Bee Great for Hometown” and “Bee Smart for Education”.

Sweets that were handed out in ceramah were packaged in wrappers that featured a QR code for you to scan for more info.

PKR picked the rhinoceros – as it was an animal linked to Borneo – and named it “Adil”.

DAP’s choice remains the hornbill called “Ubah”.

As for the billboards, the images featured included that of war hero Datuk Kanang Langkau seen in Barisan’s campaign with the tagline “peace, moderation and unity”.

(The banner, however, appeared to have been brought down following complaints from a military enthusiast group called Gempurwira which lodged a report to the Defence Ministry.)

Another banner showed Sarawakian nationalist Rosli Dhoby with the words “struggle for the word of Sarawak”.

PAS put up a replica of a green and white fighter jet replica in Tatau town. It also “deployed” a fighter tank covered with party flag in Kampung Iboi, Sadong Jaya.

The DAP, meanwhile, used drones to take images of the ceramah crowd.

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