Thursday, April 9

Dr Sim confirms SUPP gets Batu Kitang

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Dr Sim Kui Hian

Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Senator Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian has confirmed that the only new Chinese majority seat – Batu Kitang – has been allocated to the party.

When asked if the party would also be claiming either Bukit Semuja or Serembu Dr Sim, “We are not sure of Bukit Semuja or Serembu. We hope for both so that I can have 22 (seats).”

He was speaking to the press after four hours of central working committee (CWC) meeting at the party’s headquarters here yesterday.

When asked who would contest in Pujut as the seat has been allocated to SUPP, Dr Sim said the party’s candidacy for the 19 seats were all stated in the list he sent out during Chinese New Year.

In that list Adam Yii will be standing as SUPP candidate in Pujut, a seat presently held by former DAP lawmaker Fong Pau Teck who later turned independent after being expelled by the party.

Apart from two new seats, SUPP has been claiming all the 19 seats traditionally allocated to the party.

The list of seats and candidates is : Batu Lintang (Sih Hua Tong), Kota Sentosa (Wilfred Yap), Batu Kawah (Datuk Tan Joo Phoi/Lo Khere Chiang/Dr Sim), Batu Kitang (Datuk Tan Joo Phoi/Lo Khere Chiang/Dr Sim), Repok (Teng Yng Wu), Meradong (Ding Kuong Hiing), Bukit Assek (Chieng Buong Toon), Dudong (Dato Sri Lee Chung Fatt @ Benny), Bawang Assan (Robert Lau Hui Yew), Pelawan (Michael Tiang), Tanjung Batu (Soo Li Ching), Piasau (Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew), Pujut (Adam Yii Siew Sang) and Senadin (Datuk Lee Kim Shin).

However, the list did not include all the seats the party will be contesting as a notable absence was the Padungan seat while Deputy President Datuk Richard Riot has been tasked of identifying party’s candidates for the Bumiputera majority seats.

Earlier this month SUPP announced Peter Pau as the candidate for Padungan.