Dr Tang denies rumours he’s DAP sole candidate for Stampin
Posted on August 9, 2012, Thursday
KUCHING: Dr Tang Sie Hing, the rumoured potential DAP candidate for Stampin, clears the air by stating that he has not been named as the party’s only candidate for the area.
“The top leadership never says I am the candidate. They only say I may be the candidate,” said Dr Tang, who is special assistant to state DAP secretary general and Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen.
“I will support whoever the party decides to be the candidate (for Stampin). I will go to the ground to campaign for the candidate as my ultimate aim is for Pakatan Rakyat to win,” said Dr Tang.
He explained the misunderstanding that he was a keen candidate might have been due to his fervent involvement and public appearance in DAP’s functions.
“Perhaps as I have been invited to speak at various DAP’s functions across the state, many have perceived that I am very interested to be the candidate.
“But that is only my service to the people. It has not been my intention to use that as a platform to champion myself to be a DAP candidate in the coming election,” said Dr Tang.
He stressed that as a DAP member all he wanted was for the opposition coalition to win. Dr Tang said what he had been doing in the party was not to gain publicity but to convey the party’s ideology to the people.
“But if the party needs me to stand as their candidate (for Stampin), then I will make myself available. But it does not mean that I ambitiously want it,” said the 43-year-old cardiologist who serves at a private medical centre here.
The father of two further revealed that Stampin has been one of the areas where both DAP and PKR have laid claim and negotiation for it has not made much progress.
As DAP and PKR have yet to decide on Stampin, to him, it would be premature to talk about candidacy for this Chinese majority area.
“Even if DAP were to contest in the area, only Chong knows who is the candidate,” said Dr Tang.
Since November last year, there has been rumours that Dr Tang would be Stampin candidate. However, his recent less active political involvement has been read as a sign he has been dropped as DAP candidate for the area.