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'Let’s vote' song goes rap


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."


Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof presenting Datuk T.C. Goh with the appointment letter for the Federation of Chinese Associations in Sabah to be an independent observer in the next general election. Pic by Edmund Samunting

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