Dr Sim Kian Hui, a surgeon, SUPP candidate for Pending, is a funny man. He's touted as Professor Sim. Must have been teaching, too, whilst serving in the government medical service. Which is fine and very laudable for him and we acknowledge and appreciate that.
Standing as SUPP candidate for N 10 Pending, he'll be up against the notable DAP candidate Violet Yong, a lawyer and incumbent DUN member, who had brushes on parliamentary governance with CM Taib in the House.
Don't know what others think about these two candidates. I think Yong is a perky individual for a politician. On some evenings when you're eating out at Kuching food stalls, don't be surprised if she turns up with posters and the Rocket paper, a full smile on her face.
Apparently these two are gungho on accessing younger voters. Where Yong charms listeners with her singing skills on the campaign trails, Sim has tried to pander to jingles, a trademark of BN people. The Sarawak Star dubbed these as his taglines of "Real Heart Real Action, Real Change". His declared struggle is improvement of "the medical situation in Sarawak". Not sure what he thinks about health but his being a surgeon sends chills.
But Sim had publicly called for the Federal Government to take over a private hospital outfit called the SIMC, Sarawak International Medical Centre, a high sounding project plagued by dubious deals connected to George Chan, the SUPP Chairman and Sim's boss now.
What bugs me most is Sim's blase declaration in his challenge to set up a "Local Consultative Committe" in 100 days on being elected. Now he doesn't sound perky like Yong but very pesky. We want local "local ∧government elections" for Kuching and Sarawak where citizens can articulate their rights and their future. Here you have this funny pesky little man who won't think twice about health but would be quite quick to dig into you with his scalpel. He wants to be a Ketua Kampung, a Kapitan, who will dish out his commands and prejudices like Taib does. Wei! Apa ini orang?
What do you think will be the outcome? Hardly pending for Sim!