LUNDU: The battle for the Tanjong Datu seat is on but it has been a quiet affair on the first day of campaigning with no sign of poster wars and rallies.
The town is humming along as usual. The coffeeshops are not crowded with pundits and the streets are not congested with traffic either.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) acting chief for Tanjong Datu, Sekawi Nawi, said posters and other campaigning materials would only be distributed today before being put up across the constituency tomorrow.
“Tanjong Datu PBB Youth and Women’s wings are 100% prepared and ready to be mobilised for campaigning. We are now waiting for orders from the campaign director,” he told reporters at the Barisan Nasional by-election operations centre here yesterday.
The party, said Sekawi, would be receiving assistance from other state Barisan component parties during their campaign.
Posters and banners from the parties of the other candidates in the polls – the State Reform Party Sarawak (STAR) and the Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru – are also yet to be seen.
PBDS Baru candidate Rapelson Richard Hamit said the party had yet to start campaigning besides making visits in the area.
However, some of the constituents have expressed their eagerness to turn up in full force to vote come Feb 18.
Ahmad Jais Dillah, from Kg Pandan, said as a sign of respect to the late Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, he would be bringing along his relatives and villagers to cast their votes.
“I’m happy that there will be a contest because during the by-election, particularly on polling day, Lundu will be so vibrant. Many people will come to town and this is an opportunity for visitors to see the development brought by the late Tok Nan (Adenan),” he said.
Laeng Wan of Kpg Sebako said he was happy to see Adenan’s widow, Puan Sri Jamilah Anu, picked as the Barisan candidate, describing her as friendly and very approachable.
“We still feel the loss of Adenan in our hearts.
“I will definitely vote to show support for Jamilah. This is also a gesture of our continuous support and love of the late Tok Nan,” said the 61-year-old.
Brenda Lim, 28, said the three-term Tanjong Datu assemblyman had done so much to bring progress in the constituency.
“Although the odds are high against the Opposition to wrest Tanjong Datu from Barisan, the people must not be complacent. They must vote,” she said.