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Tuesday May 18, 2010

Chinese fear BN defeat would affect Sibu’s growth

SIBU: The paramount Chinese community leader here, Temenggong Vincent Lau, is worried that the Barisan Nasional defeat could affect the development of the town.

“I think that the situation in the town would be different now as requests for financial grants for development projects would be affected though I still believe the BN government will not stop development as it is a caring government,” he said.

Vincent, who is a cousin of the losing BN candidate Robert Lau Hui Yew from the SUPP, was asked to comment on the Sunday by-election.

Vincent said only one Parliament representative from the ruling party in Lanang, MP Datuk Tiong Thai King, was left and feared that the development of the town would slow down.

A staff member of a Catholic Church here, David Lau, said it was too early to assess the immediate effect of BN losing the by-election.

David felt that the defeat was a wake-up call for the state Barisan and if it was not careful, Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat might be able to form the next government.

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