SIBU: United People’s Party (UPP) has the right to nominate any of its party members to contest in any seats in the next state election.
However, according to SUPP Dudong branch vice chairman Wong Chin Yong yesterday, only candidates from Barisan component parties are eligible to contest under the BN ticket.
Wong said this in response to a statement made by chairman of United People’s Party (UPP)’s Naman Service Committee, Kong Tze Lin, that they wanted former Dudong assemblyman Datuk Tiong Thai King to contest under the BN logo in the election which is due by June next year.
Kong said this after a ceremony to unveil the service centre on Sunday.
He reasoned that Tiong was the most appropriate candidate as he could help BN wrestle back the seat which is currently under Yap Hoi Liong (DAP).
Yap won the 2011 election in a three-cornered fight with a slim majority of 317 votes. He polled a total of 9,649 votes against Tiong, 9,332, and independent Apandi Abdul Rani with 174 votes only.
Kong also highlighted that under the opposition, the constituency was now very much backward due to lack of development.
Wong said yesterday that “UPP is an independent party. It has all the rights to recommend its party members to contest any state or parliamentary seat in either a state or general election under its own banner. However, UPP candidates will not be able to contest under BN logo. Up till now, UPP is still not BN component party.”
He said SUPP in it’s delegates conference held in September 2014 had unanimously resolved that the SUPP must contest in 19 seats and all the new seats allocated by BN.
Meanwhile, Yap when asked on how he would take it if in the event that he would be facing candidates from SUPP and UPP in the coming election, preferred not to highlight on his strategy.
He only said he was letting the voters to decide.
“I have given my best and leave it to the rakyat to decide on my fate,” he said.