SIBU: Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee can now focus fully on the coming state election as he has been given the green light by the Chief Minister to defend for the seat.
On Friday night at a Raya Gathering here, Tan Sri Adenan Satem announced that Dr Annuar would get to stand for the election again.
In the 2011 election, the first term assemblyman defeated Norisham Mohamad Ali (PKR) by a majority of 5,302 votes in a straight fight for the seat. Dr Annuar polled a total of 7,710 votes against 2,408 votes for Norisham.
When contacted, Dr Annuar – who is a cardiologist – thanked the Chief Minister and the party, PBB, for their trust in giving him the chance to defend for the seat.
“The way I look at it, there is a need for me to continue with what I have done for the constituency. That is why he (CM) wants me to defend for Nangka,” he added.
He said CM in announcing his candidacy early was a good move as it gave him not only ample time to prepare for his election machinery but also that he could now focus fully on the election “which I think is very soon”.
Asked if he could ride on the increasing popularity of Adenan following a Sarawak Good Governance Public Opinion Survey conducted by conducted by Merdeka Centre, to win more votes than previously, he said it depended on individual constituency.
Generally, he said, he was very confident BN popular votes would increase this time around.
“How it (result of opinion poll) will affect BN candidates, depends on individual constituency especially those which have asubstantial number of Bumiputeras vote. BN will have a landslide victory if constituencies have majority of Bumi votes,” he said.
“The opinion poll is good for the government of the day (Barisan). To have 82% of Bumiputeras approval for Adenan’s leadership is considered very high and so is the 67% from the Chinese. In the last election, the Barisan won only 56% of popular votes from the Chinese. The survey might also have an important outcome for Chinese area,” he added.
In the last election, the constituency had 14,197 registered voters, of whom around 10,500 were Bumiputera voters and the rest Chinese.
Dr Annuar said in the last four years he had implemented many projects in the constituency especially on three key areas – improving public infrastructure, education and upgrading the economy.
In term of infrastructure, a total of 33 longhouses are now connected by a good road network, and, in education, two schools – SRK Abang Ali and Agama – have achieved Grade A in the UPSR exam.
He has also set up Nangka Education fund for students in the area to study at University College of Technology Sarawak.