Sarawak DAP, SUPP Both Want To Contest Pujut State By-election

TING TIONG CHOON

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP said Wednesday it would field a candidate for the Pujut state by-election, and shortly after, the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) said it is prepared to take on the DAP.

DAP chairman, Chong Chieng Jen, said the party would only announce the name of the candidate after the Election Commission set the date for the by-election.

SUPP president, Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian, said Pujut was a seat traditionally allocated to the SUPP as a component of the Sarawak Barisan Nasional.

The seat fell vacant after the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly decided to disqualify the assemblyman, Dr Ting Tiong Choon of the DAP, for allegedly having Australian citizenship.

The EC has scheduled a meeting for Friday to set the date for the by-election.

SIM KUI HIAN

Sim was asked whether SUPP would allow BN-friendly United People’s Party, led by Wong soon Koh, to contest the seat.

“Pujut is a BN component seat. If UPP wants to contest the seat, the candidate must resign from UPP and join SUPP,” he said to reporters at the lobby of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly building here.

“As we have been making preparations for GE14, we will now have to shift one of our potential candidates for the by-election. We also invite any aspiring candidate to join SUPP,” said Dr Sim.

He added that the invitation is open to members from DAP and other opposition parties if they are not happy in the other camp.

Last Friday, the state assembly voted 70-10 in favour of a motion by state International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh to remove Dr Ting over allegations that he holds Australian citizenship.

In the previous state elections, Dr Ting won with a majority of 1,759 votes in a four-cornered fight.