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Published: Saturday May 8, 2010 MYT 8:24:00 AMUpdated: Saturday May 8, 2010 MYT 2:47:19 PM
SIBU: It will be a three-cornered contest between Barisan Nasional's Robert Lau Hui Yew, DAP's Wong Ho Leng and independent Narawi Haron for the Sibu parliamentary seat.
Returning officer Wong See Meng announced this at 11.30am Saturday, after the three candidates filed their nominations. There were no objections filed.
Supporters from both sides broke out in chants and songs after objection time was announced, following the filing of nominations. There was good-natured jeering between Barisan and DAP supporters.
As early as 7am, party leaders and supporters, bearing banners and flags, had gathered a short distance from the Sibu Civic Centre, where the nominations were to be filed.
The DAP procession arrived at the centre around 8.30am, while the Barisan entourage, led by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, reached 20 minutes later.
Both parties stayed about 300m apart, and the General Operations Force was deployed to ensure public order.
Both Lau and Wong entered the centre at 9pm to file their nomination papers, while Narawi arrived a short while later.
Polling for the seat is on May 16. The by-election was triggered by the death of Deputy Transport Minister and five-term Sibu MP Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew on April 9.
Sibu has 54,695 voters, comprising 52,158 ordinary voters and 2,537 postal voters made up of 1,910 military and 627 police personnel.
According to the electoral roll, updated as of April 9 this year, Chinese voters make up almost 67% of the total number of voters, followed by Malay/Melanau (10.5%) and Sarawak bumiputeras (22%).
11.45am: Muhyiddin says Chinese votes will be important as the Chinese form the majority of voters in the constituency.
11.30am: The returning officer announces that it will be a three-way contest between Barisan's Robert Lau Hui Yew, DAP's Wong Ho Leng, 51 and independent Narawi Haron, 60.
11am: The returning officer announces the closure of objection time but gives no indication if there were any objections filed against any of the three people who submitted their nomination papers.
10am: Returning officer Wong See Meng announces that three sets of nomination papers have been filed. The next hour is open for objections.
9.10am: Lau and Wong Ho Leng file their nomination papers.
Independent candidate Narawi Haron arrives at nomination centre to file his papers.
9.01am: Barisan and DAP candidates enter the nomination centre together to file their papers.
8.50am: The Barisan procession arrives at nomination centre, while the DAP procession arrived 20 minutes earlier. Both sides keep 300m apart.
Four platoons from the General Operations Force have been deployed at the Civic Centre for public order.
8.35am: Lau, Muhyiddin and Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud lead the Barisan procession towards the nomination centre.
8.30am: Muhyiddin arrives at the Barisan staging area in Taman Delta, about 1km from the nomination centre. March to start soon.
8.20am: Wong and DAP supporters starting walking to the nomination centre.
8.10am: DAP candidate and state party chairman Wong Ho Leng arrives at Rejang Park together with supporters.
8am: Barisan Nasional candidate Lau arrives at the gathering area, awaiting the arrival of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to start the march to the Sibu Civic Centre to submit his nomination papers.
7am: DAP supporters in red shirts and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders, bearing flags and banners, gather at Rajang Park, preparing to proceeding to nomination centre.
SIBU: It is nomination day for the Sibu parliamentary by-election.
His cousin and namesake, lawyer Robert Lau Hui Yew, 45, is defending the predominantly Chinese urban seat. Sarawak DAP chairman and Bukit Assek assemblyman Wong Ho Leng, 50, is the Opposition candidate.
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