MIRI: There has been a flood of hate messages and insults against Sarawakians on social media following the landslide victory of the Sarawak Barisan Nasional.
The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) believes these offensive and hurtful messages are from opposition supporters who are frustrated with their parties’ crushing defeat during the just-concluded state polls.
SUPP information chief Adam Yii yesterday said SUPP leaders were saddened by such type of messages that reflected a politics of hate and insult.
“There has been a sizeable number of insulting messages being posted on social media since the results of the state election on Saturday.
“Those posting these hateful messages are mocking Sarawakians with insinuations that we are backwards, that we are easily bought with money and they labelled us stupid.
“There are also insults of racial and religious nature.
“It is clear that those posting these messages cannot accept the results of this state polls and they are frustrated that the opposition had been soundly defeated, but messages of extreme hateful nature are beyond accepted norms and beyond decency.
“Sarawakians have already made their choice and this is part of the democratic process.
“Sarawakians did not insult anyone when the opposition won Penang and Selangor.
“We reject the politics of hate and insult.
“We in Sarawak cherish racial and religious acceptance among all races and religions and we will never snear another with hateful messages of racial or religious nature.
“SUPP leaders for one, have excellent ties with Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and everyone else,” he said.
Yii said Sarawakians had made their choice to follow the path they believed was the right one, thus everyone must move on from here.
The BN won 72 of the 82 state constituencies on polling day on Saturday.