Lone ranger of Bukit Assek campaigns at public places

SIBU: Independent candidate for Bukit Assek, Hii Tiong Huat, has won praise and empathy, along with condemnation, for his unique approach to campaigning.

The 70-year-old has been doing a sit-in at public places like Sibu Gateway from morning to night to carry his message across.

His antics caught the attention of Sibu Municipal Council chairman Clarence Ting on Dec 9.

“I was driving by Sibu Gateway and spotted him sitting on his makeshift bench with his banners.

“So I pulled over to greet him and answered the queries he sent me the last two days.

“I advised him not to sit under the hot sun and gave him a bottle of water,” Ting wrote in a posting on Facebook.

Some internet users praised Ting for his kind gesture but many of them also saluted Hii.

Winson C Ph said he pitied Hii, saying that he loves Sibu so much that he is going the extra mile to get his messages across to voters.

Another user Paul Paul asked voters to give Hii a chance while Imelda Billie wrote: “He works hard and saves up for a chance every five years. Salute his determination.”

When interviewed, Hii said he had done a three-day standing and sitting at a spot there from morning to night, exposing himself to nature.

“I am doing this as I do not have the financial resources to print election materials like banners, posters and flags.

“I will continue with this approach until polling day. I will bring my food and water each time,” he said.

Showing the sunburns on his forehead and hands, Hii vowed not to give up and said he would continue his approach at other places.

At each spot, he would go live on his Facebook account, telling people why they should vote for him.

“There were people who disturbed me and called me a mad man. Others said I won’t go far as I am a lone ranger. I don’t care as I am only answerable to God,” said Hii.

Asked how many votes he could secure, Hii who lost his deposit in the 2011 polls for the same seat, said: “I can’t tell until polling day.”

Hii is contesting to fight corruption and for Sarawak’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

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