By Emma Victoria
DATUK Seri Wong Soon Koh has welcomed Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing to challenge him for the Bawang Assan state seat in the upcoming 12th Sarawak election.
Wong, the six-term incumbent said in a democratic nation, one is free to contest in any seat as long as he does not contravene any rules and regulations set by the Election Commission.
“So, if the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing chooses to contest in Bawang Assan, he is welcome,” said Wong.
Wong, the Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president was asked to comment on Tiong’s interest to challenge the former in the upcoming state polls.
“PDP has gone to the ground (in Bawang Assan) lately but only occasionally.
“I will do my best to successfully defend my seat,” he added.
PDP had endorsed Tiong to contest in the state polls as the party believed as a party president, the Bintulu MP should also hold a state seat.
In the last state election in 2016, Wong retained his seat and doubled his majority, from 1,808 votes to 4,131 votes due to a big swing in Chinese votes. He stood as a direct BN candidate then.
He garnered 9,015 votes against 4,884 votes for Stanley Chiew of the DAP, 100 votes for Wong Sing Wei (STAR), 569 votes Watson Bangau (Independent) and Yeu Bang Keng (Independent).
The former Second Finance Minister resigned from the state cabinet last year and announced that his party is no longer Gabungan Parti Sarawak-friendly.