WITH Sabahans set to cast their votes on Sept 26 in the state election, voters have urged politicians to stop switching parties, Bernama reported today.
According to the report, voters whom Bernama met have expressed their disappointment, saying that the act of switching parties after being elected was a betray to the people’s trust and would cause problems.
Several voters told the national news agency that they had lost interest to vote due to the irresponsible act of politicians.
Bernama quoted a voter in the Api-Api constituency Gil Tupang, 63, as saying that such practice was the act of small-minded leaders.
“I have lost interest to vote. I know this (not voting) is wrong, but I am disappointed by their actions which seem to treat our votes as worthless.
“I feel disheartened because we voted for them on the promises they made but after winning, they decide to leave (their party),” he said, adding that party-hopping was an act that lacked integrity and a blatant disregard for the fate of the people.
Meanwhile, Husin Wahab, 65, from Kudat, said that abandoning party was a selfish act which caused problems to the people of Sabah.
“I really do not like these party-hoppers. Their actions disrupt political stability and cause problems to the people. The worst part is, it upsets the economy.
“Because of these ‘political frogs’ many voters have lost interest to go to the polls,” he remarked.
Another voter, Rajali Hamzah Asmat, 40, wanted the practice of party-hopping to be abolished, especially after this state election.
He urged the winning parties to serve with honesty and for the good of the Sabah people.
Concurring with the rest, Zulkifli Ab Rauf, 39, who is a trader at the Gaya street market in Kota Kinabalu also had a negative view on party-hopping.
“They give us hope, make promises, but in the end, deliver nothing. It’s very disappointing,” he said. – Sept 15, 2020