Sarawak DAP chief to contest in Stampin instead of Bandar Kuching

Sulok Tawie
Chong first won Bandar Kuching in the 2004 general election and retained it in the last election. ― Picture by Sulok Tawie

KUCHING, April 23 — Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen announced today that he will contest in Stampin during the 14th general election (GE14), instead of defending his safe seat of Bandar Kuching.

His assistant Dr Kelvin Yii, who was last month revealed as the party's candidate for Stampin, will instead contest in Bandar Kuching.

"It will be a challenge for me to stand in Stampin facing whoever the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) will nominate to stand there," Chong said when announcing the party's candidates at a political rally in Batu Kawah, here, tonight.

Among those present at the rally were national DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian and Sarawak Amanah chief Fidzuan Zaidi.

Chong first won Bandar Kuching in the 2004 general election and retained it in the last election.

He is also the state assemblyman for Kota Sentosa, a post he has held since 2006.

Chong replaces Julian Tan Kok Ping, who had decided not to defend his Stampin seat.

State DAP Youth chief Mordi Bimol, as expected, will seek to unseat Barisan Nasional's Anthony Nogeh after failing to do so in 2013.

Nogeh is the secretary-general for Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and is the caretaker deputy minister of agriculture and agro-based industry.

The state DAP's Serian branch chief Edward Andrew Luak will again be fielded in Serian, and faces SUPP deputy president Datuk Richard Riot Jaem.

Chong, who is also Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman, also announced Tony Choo, a new face, as DAP's candidate for Bintulu, whose incumbent is Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

The party has already named Oscar Ling to stand in Sibu, Alice Lau in Lanang, Wong Bin Biu in Sarikei and Paren Nyawie in Kapit.

Ling, Lau and Wong are all incumbents while Paren stood in Katibas in the 2016 state election, but lost to Datuk Ambrose Blikau of Barisan Nasional.

The DAP will contest nine parliamentary seats, PKR 16, and Amanah six.