Sarawak Polls: YouTuber banking on virtual popularity to contest in Dudong

SIBU: A local YouTuber known as Cardock is counting on his popularity on social media to contest as an Independent in Dudong in the 12th Sarawak State Election.

Sibu-born Fadhil Mohd Isa, 37, said he felt compelled to run this time as he wanted to stand up for those in the Dudong area who have yet to enjoy water, electricity and Internet facilities.

“I felt compelled to contest when I saw how a state like Sarawak that is rich in natural resources still has places without water, electricity supply and Internet facilities. These are things that can benefit the people,” he told reporters on Monday (Dec 6).

He is among eight candidates who submitted their nomination papers at the Dudong nomination centre here to contest the seat.

The others are Wong Hie Ping (Parti Sarawak Bersatu), Jane Lau Sung Yee (Parti Bumi Kenyalang), Julius Enchana (Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru), Paul Ling Fong (DAP), Josephine Lau Kiew Peng (Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak), Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (Progressive Democratic Party) and Independent Engga Unchat.

Cardock said he had been campaigning since 2018 via social media and claimed to have over one million followers.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has also facilitated my campaign efforts via social media platforms and I will use it 100%, although there are places without an Internet connection,” he said.

Asked about his choice of a prawn as his logo, he said it was synonymous with his hobby of catching prawns in Sungai Passin near here and that it had also helped him gain popularity online. – Bernama

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