CHANGING TIMES: Group to present catchy ‘hip-hop’ version for election
KOTA KINABALU: FOR a change, a popular hip-hop group will be featured in the promotional song for the 13th general election.
The catchy Mari Mengundi song will be presented by One Nation Emcees with a new twist, including some rap segments, the Election Commission revealed yesterday.
Newly appointed election observers in the state, political parties and the media were given a preview of the promotional video which reflects the many changes brought about in the next polls.
The band members include singer Shamimi Amalina Norhisham (Mimi), Mohd Norzaidi Edris (Zydee) and Nur Hasan Baias (Jojo).
EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the number would be aired once the election was called.
"I hope people will like it."
He earlier presented appointment letters to the three Sabah based non-governmental organisations that will act as independent observers for the electoral process.
The organisations are the Federation of Chinese Associations of Sabah, represented by acting president Datuk T.C. Goh, Sabah Youth Council, represented by president Kevin Lim, and Sabah Malaysian Historical Society, represented by secretary-general Sharifah Seri Lailah Hamid.
Aziz said appointment of the observers was among the many changes and reforms by EC to ensure smooth and fair polls.
"We made changes through discussions and not demonstrations," he said, adding that the reforms were to meet the expectations from a more discerning society.
"That was why we had the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms formed, with Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili sitting as the chairman along with other representatives.
"They came up with suggestions and we implemented many of them, such as use of indelible ink, advance voting, NGOs as observers, better access to the media and more."
Goh described the appointment as an honour for the association.
"We have representatives in every district across Sabah and to me, this is an important task for the association," he said, adding that the observers would be stationed at all 25 parliamentary constituencies in Sabah and Labuan.
Lim said his members were raring to be the "eyes and ears" of EC. "We take up this challenge with pride."