Heaps of funny videos are coming out of Sabah ahead of Saturday’s election, with the Warisan party killing it so far.
Also known as the Sabah Heritage Party, Warisan has kept the online crowd fascinated with entertaining and blockbuster-like videos, including two episodes reminiscent of a 1980s video game.
The party led by Sabah state minister Shafie Apdal, 62, has also teamed up with the Democratic Action Party for the elections, hence these materials have been posted to the latter’s Twitter and Facebook accounts too.
Let’s see what they’ve got:
Street Fighter (Sabah Version)
Have you watched Sabah’s version of Street Fighter? The two-part series is inspired by the popular Japanese one-on-one video game of the same name from the late 1980s, where players get to choose their own avatars to fight each other to the death with very interesting, sometimes gory knockouts. This time, Warisan leader Shafie was the main fighter in the retro game, battling others like former chief ministers Chong Kah Kiat, Musa Aman, and Yong Teck Lee.
Ultimately, Bung Moktar Radin, the UMNO member in the running for head of state in Sabah, was chosen as Shafie’s opponent for the fight in the second episode.
Shafie didn’t look like he was winning against Bung at first, but eventually gave a satisfying knockout at the end thanks to a special punching attack called “people’s power.”
Shafie Apdal as Thor
While we wouldn’t think that the Sabah elections have anything to do with the Norse God of Thunder, a graphic by Warisan depicting its leader holding Thor’s hammer with the words “Sabah Thor-lak Katakrasi” says otherwise. It translates to “Sabah Rejects Frogs,” with Thor as a pun for the Malay word “tolak” (reject) while “frogs” refer to political party hoppers.
The graphic associated party hoppers with those in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), The National Front (BN), Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Bersatu), Sabah Star, and United Sabah Party (PBS).
Party-hopping is prevalent in Sabah politics, with the most notable being Jeffrey Kitingan, who has switched political parties six times in his career, according to a website that tracks Sabah’s political “frogs.”
Warisan Masih Warisan (Warisan Stays The Same)
For blockbuster feels, Warisan Masih Warisan shows timelapses, drone-shots of Sabah’s beautiful mountains, beaches, cities, some of Warisan’s campaigns, and different cultures. The video also features Shafie’s voiceover explaining the reason why he built Warisan, alongside suspenseful background music.
“I created Warisan to protect Sabah’s rights from the infringement of Kuala Lumpur,” he said in the video. “I don’t want Kuala Lumpur to decide who leads Sabah, I want the people to decide”
Hannah Yeoh, who is the former deputy minister of women, family and community development, showed support for it on Twitter, saying: “Warisan’s videos are getting more amazing! A must watch. Goosebumps listening to Shafie Apdal’s words. When words carry so much weight.”
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