Voting to win bets or to pick the right candidate?

SARAWAK POLLS: Sarawak voters will be electing their representatives on May 7. And punters are already busy placing bets on the election results, hoping to make some quick bucks.

SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is contesting in Batu Kawah, has cautioned voters in the area.

China Press quoted Dr Sim as claiming that a syndicate is prepared to pour in up to RM10 million for election betting to see him defeated.

Dr Sim has claimed that the racket has encouraged punters to bet with voters in Batu Kawah. As long as Dr Sim loses, voters win their bets.

Not all Chinese are gamblers but those who love gambling are mostly Chinese, as a columnist wrote inChina Press.

For those who bet on him to win, the reward is small and those who bet on him to lose, the reward is huge.

Now, are voters casting their votes to elect their representatives or are they casting their votes to win their bets? That will be hard to tell.

The syndicate may be losing money but someone will be “winning” if Dr Sim loses.

In Batu Kawah, he is involved in a three-cornered fight against incumbent Christina Chiew from DAP and Liu Thian Liong, an independent candidate who resigned from UPP to contest in the election.

Election betting is nothing new.

MCA secretary-general Ong Ka Chuan, who lost to Fong Po Kuan in the Batu Gajah parliamentary seat in the 2004 general elections, has admitted being a victim of election betting.

Ong polled 20,735 votes against DAP incumbent MP Fong Po Kuan's 28,662 votes.

China Press reported that the police have yet to receive any report of betting on the coming election, but assured that they would be monitoring the situation.

Proof is normally difficult to gather in election betting as the betting can be in various forms.

Another state seat which punters are keen on is Piasau where Sebastian Ting from SUPP is challenging incumbent Alan Ling of DAP.

The battle is also termed as battle of secretary-generals as both hold the post in their respective parties.

In Miri, rumours abound that voters would be paid not to vote and someone would be voting in their place.

In Pujut, where four contestants are vying for the seat, the talk is that that voters would receive RM300 as incentive for supporting a candidate to win.

Barisan Nasional direct candidate Hii King Chiong was reported to have denied the rumours.

Hii, from UPP, is involved a four-cornered fight with Jofri Jarainee of PAS, Fong Pau Teck (Independent) and Ting Tiong Choon of DAP. Fong is the incumbent and was sacked by DAP in 2013 and is now with the Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) movement.

It was reported that the rumours were spread by Hii’s opponents to discredit him.

Is winning the bet more important than electing the right candidate? Sarawak voters will have to decide themselves.-The Ant Daily

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