By Pushparani Thilaganathan and B Nantha KumarSIBU: Word of overwhelming crowds at DAP’s ceramah in the constituency has led Barisan Nasional candidate Robert Lau Hui Yew to appeal to voters to give him a chance to become their representative.
He said he was aware of the statistics and was working hard at capturing the hearts of the constituents.
“I am aware of the statistics… I’ve heard about the crowds but I am going house to house and visiting voters.
“I understand their plight and needs,” he told reporters in an apparent reference to the massive crowds that DAP ceramah are drawing.
With him at the press conference were Deputy Chief Minister and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president George Tan, party leader Wong Soon Koh and publicity secretary Daniel Ngieng.
Last night, the DAP ceramah in Rejang Park drew more than 3,000 people.
Alluding this this, Lau said he knew how unhappy voters in Rejang Park were over various localised issues affecting them.
“I’ve met the voters there . Hopefully, you will give me your support and I pledge to deliver what I promise,” he said.
Rejang Rark and its surrounding areas are one of the Chinese-majority enclaves comprising some 12,000 voters.
The housing estate, with its largely working class population, has been a traditional opposition stronghold.
Unlike the DAP, the SUPP has in the past said that it had no election manifesto for the by-election and would instead embrace continuity.
But yesterday, Lau said his election manifesto was simply to strive to improve Sibu in the areas of economy, welfare, security and technology.
To the rescue
Meanwhile, the grand matriarch of the Lau clan, Janet Lau, who is wife to the late Sibu MP Robert Lau, has come to the rescue of her nephew.
In an exclusive interview with Borneo Post, she related some personal anecdotes on her husband’s 28-year journey in politics.
She said her husband Robert had handpicked his nephew as his successor.
“Robert chose and groomed him (Lau Junior) as his successor,” she said.
Describing her husband as a devout baptised Catholic, Janet said both of them had always felt the hand of the guardian angel leading them on.
Recalling his 28 years in politics, Janet said there were moments when her late husband had shed tears.
She said many a night, she found him getting up when inspiration dawned on him for the rebuilding of Sibu. He had sleepless nights.
“It was faith that kept him on. He always said he had a mission, and there was a cross on his shoulder for the people.”