Cob­bold to take on Tiong in Bintulu

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Rin­tos Mail re­porters@the­bor­neo­

KUCH­ING: Pres­i­dent of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak ( PBDS) Baru Cob­bold John Lu­soi will chal­lenge Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing head- on in Bintulu in the com­ing gen­eral elec­tion.

He said fac­ing Tiong, who is Sarawak Pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic Party pres­i­dent, would be a good and in­ter­est­ing fight.

“I know Tiong and Barisan Na­sional are fi­nan­cially su­pe­rior, but that doesn’t mat­ter be­cause I be­lieve it will be a good fight.

“In any elec­tion, noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble and the Dayaks have to fight and be­ing a Dayak my­self, I have to fight,” he told The Bor­neo Post yes­ter­day.

Cob­bold said one of the rea­sons why he was con­tem­plat­ing to take on Tiong was due to the lat­ter’s openly ex­pressed sup­port for a bill to amend the Syariah Courts Act (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion Act 1965)(Act 355)in par­lia­ment.

“It shows Tiong is sup­port­ive of Hudud to be im­ple­mented in Sarawak as well,” he added.

Tiong, who is fa­mous for his phrase ‘Kong Kali Kong’, has been the Bintulu MP since 1999.

In the last gen­eral elec­tion, he was chal­lenged by DAP’s John Brian An­thony, who se­cured 19,025 votes against Tiong’s 26,458 votes.

Cob­bold said for now, PBDS Baru only planned to take on SPDP in the com­ing gen­eral elec­tion af­ter Tiong and Sara­tok MP Tan Sri Wil­liam Mawan, who won the seat on an SPDP ticket be­fore leav­ing the party, had openly sup­ported the Bill.

“Although the prime min­is­ter has said that BN would not ta­ble Hadi’s Bill, our stand re­mains un­til the Speaker has made his de­ci­sion.

“Our stand may change, but the pos­si­bil­ity of me tak­ing on Tiong is still there,” he said.

Cob­bold is a sea­soned elec­tion can­di­date, hav­ing con­tested in Bukit Se­muja in 2016, Balai Rin­gin in 2006 and 2011 in the state poll. In the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, he con­tested twice in Sri Aman (2003 and 2008).

SPDP, a BN com­po­nent party, cur­rently holds Mas Gad­ing, Sara­tok, Bintulu and Baram par­lia­men­tary seats.

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

Cob­bold John Lu­soi

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