BN will go all out to capture Pujut seat, says Abang Johari
PETRA JAYA: Barisan Nasional will pull out all the stops to wrest the Pujut state seat from the opposition in the upcoming by-election there, said Chief Minister and Sarawak BN chairman Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg.
He also said the ruling coalition would start preparing its election machinery following the disqualification of Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon last week.
“We will contest the by-election in high spirits to take back the state seat from the opposition,” Abang Johari said at his office in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Complex here yesterday.
This came after the Election Commission (EC) fixed nomination day for June 20 and polling day for July 4.
Abang Johari, however, said BN’s candidate would only be decided after the Gawai Dayak celebration on June 1.
UPP chairman Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, meanwhile, said the party had submitted its list of potential candidates to Abang Johari.
SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, however, said his party stood a better chance of winning in Pujut compared with other parties.
State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said his party would continue with legal action to challenge Dr Ting’s disqualification as Pujut assemblyman.
Dr Ting was sacked after the state assembly passed a motion to disqualify him for acquiring an Australian citizenship, registering as an Australian voter and pledging allegiance to a foreign country outside the federation of Malaysia.
In EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said DAP’s plan to take legal action would not stop the EC from holding the by-election.
He also said the EC would heed the court’s decision.
“We are just carrying out our duty. If the court decides that Dr Ting can retain the seat, then we will let him do so.
“We will accept whatever decision is made by the court. But normally, the process will take time, so we need to proceed with the by-election first,” he said.
The commission, Hashim added, had allocated RM838, 536 to hold the election. Five schools, he said, would be used as polling centres.
There are 27,078 registered voters in the constituency. He said domestic voters had until June 20 to apply for a postal ballot, while overseas voters had until June 22 to do so.