By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU: Former Bersih Sabah 2.0 chief, Jannie Lasimbang has been tipped to be one of the two women candidates to be fielded by DAP Sabah in the forthcoming 14th General Elections.
Jannie, who is Wanita DAP Sabah chief is most likely to be slated for the Penampang parliamentary seat, currently held by Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president, Darell Leiking.
However, Sabah DAP chief Stephen Wong who said the party is expected to field at least two women candidates for GE14 added:
“Don’t think too much about it… we are still working out (candidates and constituencies) but Jannie is a potential candidate.”
Jannie has been involved in non-governmental organisations for more than two decades and once served as Suhakam director, before joining the DAP earlier this year.
Speaking at the launching of the newly-formed Sabah Wanita wing and the party’s 51st anniversary, Wong said what was more important for now was to get the party’s election machinery in ship shape condition as elections is expected any day now.
He said the party is preparing its potential candidates but declined to reveal which constituencies they plan to contest.
DAP currently has two parliamentary seats – Sandakan (with Stephen as the incumbent) and Kota Kinabalu, with the party’s advisor Jimmy Wong holding the fort.
They also have two state-seats – Kapayan (Edwin Bosi) and Sri Tanjung (Chang Foong Hin).
The DAP had won four state seats in 2014 but lost Luyang in 2014 when its assemblyman Hiew King Cheu crossed over to MCA, and Likas in 2016, where Junz Wong qyuit to join Warisan.
The launching of the Sabah Wanita wing was done by DAP Wanita national chief Chong Eng.
Also present was DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua, Jimmy, and Sabah state PKR chief, Christina Liew as well as Amanah Sabah representatives.
Apart from Kota Kinabalu, the Wing’s other divisions include Kudat, Tawau, Sandakan and Pensiangan.
Chong Eng in her speech urged the women members to be the movers of change and to champion women’s rights via the party.
She said the objective is not only to bring down the Barisan Nasional but to ensure that women are in the forefront of the government.