By Chew Lip Song
ACCUSED of jumping the gun in naming a candidate for the Bawang Assan state seat for the coming Sarawak election, Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has hit back at his critic and fellow lawmaker, Senator Robert Lau.
Tiong the Progressive Democratic Party president said Lau should check his facts before accusing the former of not being in line with the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) spirit.
“In my answer to Bawang Assan assemblyman Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh’s personal challenge to me to contest in the seat, I had clearly said that we would rather accede to the feedback and wishes of the area’s own constituents for their preferred candidates,” Tiong posted on his social media.
“And I believe Saudara Lau had also missed the part where I stressed we will leave it to the GPS to reach a consensus on this matter.”
On Saturday, Tiong who is also Bintulu MP announced local businessman Joshua Ting Fu Ying, 35, as the party’s candidate to challenge six-term incumbent Wong.
Tiong said the PDP preferred young and charismatic leaders to serve the people rather than the elderly who refused to let go.
This led to Lau, a newly-appointed Senator, to say that the move was not in GPS’ spirit as component parties usually do not publicly stake claim on seats traditionally contested by others. Lau is also Sarawak United Progressive Party’s (SUPP) Bawang Assan branch chairman.