SUPP Bintangor wants former rep Hii for Sarikei
Posted on April 22, 2012, Sunday
SARIKEI: SUPP Bintangor branch wants seasoned politician and former Meradong assemblyman Thomas Hii to be fielded in Sarikei in the coming 13th general election.
Councillor Peter Saow said its members, especially from the Iban community, were solidly behind the BN government.
“As a seasoned politician who had represented the constituents in Meradong, the local voters have realised that Hii is indeed a caring leader … someone whom they can trust,’ Saow told thesundaypost at the sidelines of a gathering organised by SUPP members in Bintangor.
Describing Hii as a well-liked leader among the Iban community, Saow claimed that about 80 per cent of Iban voters in Bintangor preferred Hii to be their elected representative.
As local SUPP members have no proper channel to recommend Hii to the top BN leadership, they had opted to voice their feelings through the media, he said.
Saow said a survey carried out in Meradong found that Hii was the most winnable candidate for Sarikei.
Based on the electoral roll used in the last state election, the racial make-up of voters in Meradong are as follows: Ibans (7,697), Chinese (5,918), Malay/Melanau (1,716) and others (six).
Hii, who has the ability to command the support of the Iban and Malay/Melanau voters can be considered a winnable candidate to defend Sarikei, whose MP is Ding Kuong Hiing.”
Sarikei is considered a ‘grey’ area by the BN, and Ding won it during the 12th general election by only 51 votes. But in the 11th general election, Ding’s predecessor Tan Sri Law Hieng Ding won it with a whopping 11,599-vote majority.
Meanwhile, Hii, when contacted, said he was prepared to offer his services again if needed by the people in Meradong and Sarikei.
He said although he was no longer the elected representative of Meradong for quite a while now, he remained in constant touch with people on the ground.
Among the 200 odd people present at the gathering were organising chairman Yap Chung Mew and longhouse chiefs and community leaders from Meradong, Mador, Kelupu, KJD Road, Baron, Nam Kiew, Ulu Strass and Scheme B area.