Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Umno's 11th hour political bribery in Sibu by-election
Making a last-minute pitch in a DAP stronghold, he announced an allocation of RM5 million for flood-mitigation projects in Rejang Park.
The announcement came just three hours before the campaign period for the by-election ends.
“I want to make a deal with you. Can we have an understanding or not?” Najib asked some 1,000 people who attended a public rally at the residential area.
“The understanding is quite simple. I help you, you help me,” said the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman.
BN’s Robert Lau Hui Yew is contesting against Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng and independent Narawi Haron in the by-election.
“If Robert Lau becomes the MP on Sunday, on Monday I will ask the cheque to be prepared,” Najib told the all-Chinese audience.
Najib decided to make a final-day appearance after BN campaign reports suggested the DAP had closed the gap on the ruling coalition’s initial lead in the race.
In Election 2008 the DAP won more than 60 per cent of the Chinese votes.
The community form about 67 per cent of the 54,659 voters in Sibu.