KOTA KINABALU: Campaigning for the Sabah state elections began to gain momentum on Sunday as contesting candidates were seen to be participating in various programmes and activities to win the hearts and attention of the voters.
One candidate went the extra mile by taking a boat ride to visit constituents, while others took part in a cultural event or visited markets, food courts, futsal areas, community halls and other public places to campaign for votes.
The Warisan Plus candidate for Kepayan, Jannie Lasimbang, was seen attending a cultural event in Penampang, about 10km from here, to meet with the villagers.
At the event, she showcased her talent in Magagong (gong beating), before distributing pamphlets on her biodata and achievements. She is the assistant minister for native affairs in the caretaker cabinet.
Barisan Nasional candidate for Tanjung Aru seat, Mohd Reduan Aklee, took a boat ride to Pulau Gaya to meet with the people and listen to their problems, especially concerning their needs for more comfortable housing and clean water supply.
As a new face, Mohd Reduan was accompanied by Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
Parti Bersatu Sabah candidate for Kapayan, Edwin Bosi, was spotted visiting the business community in Donggongon, while making optimal use of the social media to learn about the current development in the state constituency, which he once represented after being elected in 2013.
The normal environment in Gaya Street Sunday Market located in the heart of the city here also turned livelier as several contesting candidates were seen flocking the area to campaign for votes.
Among them were Chang Kee Ying from BN, Christina Liew (PKR), Chong Kah Kiat (LDP) and Tan Lee Fatt (DAP).
Apart from mingling with members of the public and traders at the famous market, which operates only from 6am till noon on Sunday, the candidates also distributed pamphlets on their parties’ messages and what they could offer the voters.
A total of 447 candidates from 16 parties, and 56 independents, are vying for the 73 seats in the new state assembly.
Polling will be on Sept 26, with early voting on Sept 22. A total of 1.12 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots. The Election Commission says it hopes for a turnout of about 70%.
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