More members want Hii to stand in Sarikei
by Philip Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on August 11, 2012, Saturday
SIBU: Six SUPP Meradong members hold the opinion too that former Meradong assemblyman Thomas Hii King Hiong stands a better chance than Sarikei MP Ding Kuong Hii or newcomer Stephen Wong Kie Yong to retain Sarikei for the BN in the pending general election.
They told a press conference here yesterday that they made their assessment based on the overall level of support for Hii in Sarikei.
“It would be a disaster if Hii is overlooked (by the BN) as we believe he still commands strong support from voters in Meradong and Repok,” said their spokesman Peter Saow.
Saow, who is also Meradong District Council councillor, claimed they had gone to the ground the past few months and found that the people favoured Hii more than Ding or Wong, who recently offered himself to the BN as an alternative.
“Hii can easily get over 65 per cent of the votes if he is given the nod to stand in Sarikei.”
Couple of months ago, SUPP president Datuk Sri Peter Chin announced that the party had submitted Ding’s name as its candidate for Sarikei in the coming polls.
On Thursday, a veteran SUPP Sarikei member Loh Lik Kiong too lobbied for Hii to be nominated. He said the most important factor to consider when picking a candidate was his/her winning chance, and in this case he believed Hii had the winning edge.
Saow made it clear that they had nothing against Ding or Wong.
“We, therefore, urge the BN Supreme Council to consider carefully and look into this matter with urgency before they nominate the candidate for Sarikei.”
Saow said Hii had been working tirelessly for the people in Sarikei all these years although he was no longer an assemblyman.
“He is always close to us when we need him the most, and this is the most important criteria which any elected wakil rakyat ought to possess.”