Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 29th of May, 2014 in Teluk Intan
Earlier this week, the DAP announced that we would be providing a bus service at cost for Teluk Intan voters in the Klang Valley to return to Teluk Intan to vote in the upcoming by-election on the 31st of May, 2014. We asked voters requiring this bus service to call a number that would be manned by a DAP volunteer.
Unfortunately, irresponsible people, most likely to be BN supporters or possibly even BN members, hacked this phone number and proceeded to spam this phone number with crank calls and SMSes. This action prevented genuine callers who wanted to book a seat on our bus from calling this number.
In addition, these irresponsible people also sent out an SMS to all the phone numbers who had called or SMSed the DAP phone with the following message in Chinese:
(Translation) “Tomorrow is polling day. With all sincerity, I ask my respected voters to vote for me, Mah Siew Keong (BN). I will promise to make a better future for Teluk Intan.”
This action was clearly undertaken in order to sabotage DAP’s effort to encourage a higher turnout for the Teluk Intan by-election. The BN knows that if the turnout rate is higher i.e. more than 70%, the lower the chances for its candidate to win this seat.
The BN and its supporters should feel ashamed of themselves for sabotaging the DAP’s efforts to increase voter turnout for this upcoming by-election.
I call upon the outstation voters of Teluk Intan to send a resounding message to these saboteurs that these tricks will not work and for these voters to come back in droves so that the turnout rate exceeds 70% by a comfortable margin.