By Emma Victoria
SARAWAK United People’s Party youth secretary-general, Milton Foo, has a chance to win the Pending state constituency this time, claims Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Professor Dr Jayum Anak Jawan.
He says the DAP needs to be ready to be “whipped a little” in the Sarawak state polls for allegedly not fulfilling certain promises in the 22 months when they were part of the federal government.
He said although a four-cornered fight is expected in Pending, a urban Chinese seat, the other oppositions like Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) and Gabungan Anak Sarawak (Gasak) are not well known among the locals.
“They are “too new” with unknown and unproven leadership, which is unlikely to gain any significant support from the urban voters,” he said when contacted.
On Saturday, Foo said he is ready to wrest Pending from the opposition in the next state polls despite failing to do so in the last state election in 2016.
The 44-year-old was said to be a potential candidate for SUPP in Pending, who has been working on the ground in the constituency, which is currently held by DAP’s Violet Yong – who is also his former high school classmate. The duo are both lawyers.
In the 2016 election, Yong retained Pending with a comfortable 5,012 vote-majority in a straight fight with Foo who polled 7,442 votes.
Yong, who is a three-term Pending assemblywoman, first won the seat in the 2006 election after defeating then SUPP secretary-general and former assistant minister Datuk Sim Kheng Hui.
Although there were rumours that Yong might contest in Batu Kawah to challenge SUPP President Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Professor Dr Jayum said it will not be a wise decision.
He said Dr Sim may not be the most charismatic Chinese leader to have lead SUPP, but Yong needs to think twice before trying to take him on.
“The voters, especially the Chinese may not take it well if Yong were to contest in Batu Kawah- merely to “kill” Dr Sim’s career,” he said.
“Besides, if Yong decides to give up her Pending seat, she is also giving Foo a better chance to win the seat,” he added.