By Chew Lip Song
FRESH from being roadblocked from contesting in Bawang Asssan in the coming Sarawak election, Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing is facing similar resistance in the Dudong state seat.
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Dato Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has hit out at PDP’s suggestion that the seat, traditionally contested by SUPP, should be contested by other parties instead.
“Those who has been championing through the newspapers are attention seekers because there are mechanisms for us to discuss.
“I have met the chief minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) a few times and we have discussed all the 20 candidates a few times,” he said in a Borneo Post report.
PDP senior vice-president Teo Boon Siew had recently voiced the proposal for Tiong to be nominated as GPS candidate for the Dudong state seat.
Dr Sim, said it would difficult to serve in two different areas, alluding to Tiong being the Bintulu MP.
“What is a YB? A YB means you are available to the people in that area. Can you imagine, I come and stand in Bintulu and live in Kuching? That is always a challenge,” he added.
Earlier, there were talks that Tiong would contest in Bawang Assan, now held by Parti Sarawak Bersatu president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh. But the speculations fizzled out following resistance from local leaders from SUPP, the party which had traditionally stood there.