Cellphone users receive manifestos via SMS

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Feb 2004

SOME cellphone users have been receiving short messaging service (SMS) messages containing election manifestos from political parties, China Press reported yesterday. 

According to the report, some politicians also asked the receivers to forward the manifestos to others.  

The daily said the SMS would be one of the communication tools used by parties as it was a fast, convenient and economical way to send out their messages. 

The daily also reported that some of the candidates had prepared various versions of the text messages and would be sending them out en masse during the election. 

Some of the parties had even hired people to compose catchy messages to capture the voters’ attention, it added. 

Penang Gerakan Information Technology bureau chief Ong Thean Lye said that although using the SMS to fish for votes was economical, it should not irritate the voters, which could produce the opposite effect. 

Sin Chew Daily reported that MCA Wanita chairman Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen suggested that the party set up an action group for members between 18 and 35 years old to attract more youth to join the MCA. 

She said members in this age group should be included in activities that did not separate them into wings and genders. 

“We can organise the activities for the members in this age group,” she said, adding that she had submitted the suggestion to party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.  

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