KUALA LUMPUR – May 9, 2016: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) has criticised the outburst of insults directed at Sarawakians in cyberspace following the outcome of the state’s 11th election.
A media release posted on SUPP official Facebook page by its central publicity and information secretary Adam Yii, stated that the party was saddened by the flare-up, occurred after BN was announced to sweep off 72 seats out of 82 contested.
Seven out the 72 seats were captured by the Chinese-based SUPP, which are Batu Kawa, Piasau, Dudong, Bawang Assan, Meradong, Repok, and new urban seat Batu Kitang.
Yii, in the press statement wrote that many of the hurtful comments are insinuating that Sarawakians are ‘jungle people living on tree tops with no internet access’, and that they are ‘poor people, easily bought with money’.
“I am sad to read that there are a sizable number of people on social media who cannot accept the recently concluded Sarawak elections result, have resorted to insulting and mocking Sarawakians.
“Many of them have also labelled us as ‘idiots’ and ‘stupid’. These have crossed the line.
“It is also regrettable that many of these insults are of racial and religious nature,” he posted.
He implored the public to accept the election results and stop directing hateful messages at Sarawakians, because they “reject politics of hate and insults”.
“The elections are over, and Sarawakians have made their choice. This is democracy at work. Please respect democracy and accept the result of our own choosing.
“We did not insult anyone when the opposition won Selangor and Penang. No one should insult us either. If you respect us, we will respect you back,” he added.
In the previous Sarawak election in April 2011, BN retained its two-thirds majority by winning 55 seats out of 71, but it was a reduced margin compared to the 62 seats that they won in 2006.
Most significant in the previous state polls was the shift of Chinese votes to the opposition parties, particularly DAP.
SUPP’s winning in the recently concluded election marks the returning of Chinese votes to BN, thus, paying off its loses to DAP in 2011.