Dudong assemblyman sees tough time ahead

SIBU: DAP assemblyman Yap Hoi Liong expects an uphill task to retain his Dudong seat in the coming state election as the current situation is not in his favour.

He said the result of the 2013 general election gave his doubts on the possibility of retaining the seat.

“I won the seat in the 2011 election by a slim majority of 317 votes against Datuk Tiong Thai King of BN. In the general election, though DAP won through Alice Lau, the Barisan managed to collect 1,300 more votes than its candidate garnered in that state election,” he told Metro Sarawak.

Moreover, the turnout in the general election was quite high at 75% as many people from outstation also came back to vote.

Yap also acknowledged that his support from bumiputera voters, especially Dayak, this time around would be quite low.

“If I am to retain the seat, I would need at least 35% of bumi votes and 75% from the Chinese which again is a difficult task to achieve,” he added.

With this pessimistic outlook, he said he was letting the voters decide his fate.

“It is up to the voters to judge me. As far as I know I have performed to the best of my ability,” he said.

He highlighted several projects which were carried out in the constituency during his term.

Among them is the Sibu Jaya 1Malaysia Clinic which he claimed that he was the first to publicly voice out on the need for the facility.

Then there is the new road around SRK Ng Pak which links to four longhouses in the area, and the construction of the water treatment plant in Machan benefiting hundreds of people from 50 longhouses.

On a positive note, he said though the party was lacking in financial resources, it was better prepared this time than during the last election.

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