KUCHING: Twenty-seven-year-old Mordi Bimol from Kampung Suba Bandar, Bau wants a job.
Thus, everyday between 2pm and 6.30pm, he meets his pro- spective employers door-to-door, rain or shine, Sundays and public holidays.
The aquatic science graduate from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) is hopeful that voters in Mas Gading constituency in Bau would give him an opportunity to work for them for a few years and prove that he is worthy of their trust.
“I’ve introduced myself and the party I’m representing, which is DAP, to every household in 93 villages. In the process, I distributed flyers, listened to people’s complaints and solved some of their problems.”
He said it was important to meet his future employers face to face because human touch and sincerity were pivotal to touch their hearts.
“I’ve been doing this since last September everyday and after visiting all 93 villages, I revisited them. So far, I’ve visited the villages three times - some four times - just to keep the momentum going,” he said here yesterday.
Mordi, who joined DAP a year ago, said the experience of meeting the voters had been quite tough, particularly during the first round.
“Initially, the people were scared of me and my three comrades because they thought we were salesmen.
“But they are friendlier now after meeting them a few times, and we’re always wearing the party’s red DAP Ubah T-shirts,” he said.
He said he would continue to meet the people to make them more politically aware of other choices besides Barisan Nasional.
“I also explained to them that the roles of an elected represen- tative go beyond attending functions, giving out prizes and receiving souvenirs.”
Mordi said when talks were rife that the parliamentary elections would be held last November, party leaders speeded things up to introduce him to the people.
“I had to stand in a roundabout in Bau town for six Sundays from 9am to 11am with a banner next to me. I was so nervous the first time that my legs shook,” he recalled with a laugh.
“A senior party member Ting Kee Kai came up with a catchy phrase for the banner, ‘Saya Mordi Bimol Anak Mas Gading’ (I am Mordi Bimol Son of Mas Gading) to impact the people. As I stood there, I greeted and waved to passers-by.”
He admitted that at first he felt silly and embarrassed doing so but after awhile he felt encouraged because motorists honked at him to show their support.
“The experience gave me courage and confidence, and at the same time to be humble,” he said, adding that one must be humble and selfless to serve others.
From his daily ground visits, Mordi said he discovered that some people did not know who to approach and what to do when they faced problems with land acquisition and poor basic amenities.
“Some villages still do not have 24-hour electricity supply and treated water supply.
“The people can’t continue to depend on gravity feed for water because the water gets cloudy when it rains and taps would run dry during the dry season,” he said.
As a local, Mordi said Bau town could do with more parking spaces while the old post office and District Office should be upgraded.
“The post office has one counter and the queue is often very long. Villages like Kampung Stass and Skibang still can’t be reached by fixed telephone and mobile lines,” he said.
He hoped voters in Mas Gading would give him the chance to work for them.
“Let me work for five years and if I’m not good enough, they can have me replaced in the next election.”