Friday, May 24

Chua willing to take on Toyad in Mukah

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KUCHING: The recent announcement by Mukah Member of Parliament Datuk Mohammad Leo Toyad that he would seek another term if allowed by the party leadership has not gone down well with some in the Barisan Nasional (BN).

While others might decide to keep to themselves of their feelings, a blogger Athanasius Audie Chua who is from Mukah has launched a cyber campaign to take on the incumbent in the coming general election.

Apparently the blogger, who is a member of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), was not happy that Toyad, who is from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) was still interested to contest in the general election despite being the MP for seven terms.

However, instead of merely criticizing Toyad , the blogger, whose blog is known as Audie61, decided to offer himself as a candidate to take on the incumbent.

“Toyad has been around as the Member of Parliament for seven terms and obviously some just could not take it when he said he would seek another term if allowed by the party leadership,” said a source when contacted yesterday.

He added many in Mukah, especially the young generation, were hoping Barisan Nasional (BN) would field a new face in the general election.

He pointed out that seven terms was a very long period for an ordinary MP whose contribution is only limited to his constituency.

“It would be a different matter if the MP is holding a senior position in the federal cabinet whose contribution is very much needed by the country.

“If that is the case, I believe many would want such MP to stay long because it is part of what we can call as the service to the country,” he said.

The source also revealed that, besides Dato Sri Mahmud Bekir Taib, there were at least two persons being bandied about as possible candidates for the Mukah constituency.

“The other two are a former District Office Alfonsus Dorhart and a youth leader from PBB James Pieng,” he said.