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Thursday May 6, 2010

SUPP and DAP candidates prefer to face off in a straight fight

KUCHING: The possible Independent candidate in the Sibu by-election, Narawi Haron, is seen as an irritant by the contending political parties.

Sibu Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) chairman Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, who is the campaign director, said Narawi is a familiar face in polls in Sibu and he had even contested against the late Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, whose death on April 9 necessitated the by-election.

“Why does he insist on running again and again?” asked Wong.

Nevertheless, Wong said SUPP was unconcerned about Narawi and he was certain that the latter would not make any waves in the by-election. Sibu SUPP assistant treasurer Robert Lau Hui Chew is Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the polls.

The DAP candidate, Wong Ho Leng, was hesitant to comment on the possible third man, saying no one could stop Narawi from contesting in a democratic process.

“I’m disappointed. I would prefer a straight fight but that’s democracy. Anyone can contest,” he said.

He expected the votes to be split because of the Independent candidate but DAP remained focused.

“We can’t afford to let this affect us. We have to do our best and prepare,” he added.

Ho Leng had faced Narawi in a three-cornered fight for Sibu in the 1995 parliamentary election. Hoi Chew won with 15,317 votes, while Wong garnered 10,472 votes and Narawi lost his deposit after he could manage only 937 votes.

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