Sunday, April 3, 2011
Sarawak poll: 'Ngap Sayot' for BN?
BN today announced its candidates lineup for 17 constituencies (except Bakelalan), including 18 new faces for the April 16 state election challenge (read here).
PBB got most seats, at 35 while other components SUPP (19), PRS (9) and SPDP (8). Going by party memberships, it was a fair one (here). Only SPDP has yet to pick it candidate for N70 seat in Bakelalan.
The BN candidates were announced by PBB information chief Tan Sri Adenan Satem in Kuching.
The new faces from PBB are Dr Hazaland Abang Hipni (for Demak Laut), Martin Ben (Kedup), Aidel Lariwoo (Sadong Jaya), Razali Ghapor (Beting Maro), Razi Sitam (Saribas), Datuk Len Talif Salleh (Belawai), Dolah Saidol (Semop), Dr Annuar Rapee (Nangka), Ripin Lamat (Lambir) and Dennis Ngau (Telang Usan).
The first-timers from SUPP are Sim Kiam Chiok (Padungan), Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian (Pending), Sih Hua Tong (Batu Lintang), Ling Kie King (Meradong), Chieng Buong Toon (Bukit Assek), Datuk Tiong Thai King (Dudong) and Henry Ling (Kidurong). The sole newcomer from PRS is Stanley Unja for Pelagus.
Meanwhile, All the four leaders of the component parties of Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) will be defending their respective seats in the upcoming April 16 state election.
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is Sarawak BN chairman and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president, will be defending his Balingian seat in Mukah. Taib, 74, won uncontested his first state seat in the Sebandi by-election in March, 1981.
He had been Sebandi assemblyman, now known as Asajaya, before moving to the Balingian state constituency in the 2001 state election.
Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) president Tan Sri Dr George Chan, 74, who is also Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, will be defending his Piasau state seat for his seventh term. Chan first won the seat in 1983 (then known as Miri) uncontested.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing will be defending his Baleh seat in Hulu Rajang, also for his seventh term since first winning it in 1983.
As for Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Datuk Seri William Mawan, he will be defending his Pakan constituency of Julau, which he has won six times consecutively since 1983.
The Election Commission has set April 6 for nomination day. Whether BN will register a 'Ngap Sayot' results this time around as compared to the last poll in 2006, depends on sentiments during the 10-day campaigning period.