SIBU: Lanang incumbent Alice Lau Kiong Yien of DAP has succeeded in retaining the seat with a bigger majority than that achieved in the last election.
She garnered 29,905 votes to beat BN-SUPP Kelvin Kong with a majority of 14,546 votes. In the 2013 election, Alice Lau won the seat by a majority of 8,630 votes.
Kong secured 15,359 votes while Sarawak Peace Party Priscilla Lau obtained 628 votes and lost her deposit.
There were 365 spoilt votes. Voter turnout was 74.9 per cent.
When interviewed, Lau attributed her victory to the people’s decision to vote for a change.
“They are not voting for me or for the DAP but a change of government,” she added.
Lau said it was a clear-cut case that the election was a battle between the rakyat and a corrupt government.
Despite a lower turnout as compared to the last election, Lau said her ability to retain the seat with an even bigger majority was indication that the people were voting for change.
“Even I myself am surprised with the big majority and for that, I am extremely grateful to all my supporters who had to fly all the way back here to take part in the election,” she enthused.
Kong, on the other hand, said he respected the results as the decision of the voters.
“This is the whole nation’s issue. The stability of the nation is important. We must all unite in the spirit of democracy,” he said.
Returning officer Jong Tien Fok announced the results at 9.50pm at the counting centre in SMK Methodist.