KUCHING (November 6): A promoter of the civil society movement Gerakan TanahAirKu Sarawak (GTAKS) Dr. Eli Luhat is among five candidates vying for the parliamentary seat of Kanowit in the upcoming 15th general election (GE15).
“I am a 65 year old practicing scientist and social activist. This is the first time I have ventured into politics. I have never challenged before. I will be independent using the key symbol,” he said.
Eli, who is a Kayan from Rumah Kamarau, Ulu Sungai Ranan in Kanowit, said his campaign slogan was simply “Vote me for change” or “Undilah Saya Untuk Perubahan” in Bahasa Malaysia.
He said that in addition to holding talks, he would use social media to campaign.
“As you may know, I have been distributing and promoting the book MA63 (Malaysia Agreement of 1963) and the Land Use Map (NCR) of 1956 to the general public all over the country for all these years “, did he declare.
Eli is one of three independent candidates taking on incumbent Datuk seat Aaron Ago Dagang of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS). The other candidates are George Chen who uses a book symbol and Michael Lias who uses a chair symbol.
Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) is represented by Mohd Fauzi Nyambong @ Joseph Usit.
Meanwhile, Eli said GTAKS had nothing to do with the Peninsular Malaysia-based Gerakan TanahAirKu (GTA) political bloc set up by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad.
He added that the only similarity between the two entities is that they are still on the waiting list to be registered by the Registrar of Companies (RoS).
“Ours is not registered. Tun Mahathir’s GTA is also not yet registered and that’s why they use the Pejuang party logo to compete in Peninsular Malaysia.