SIBU: Dudong Unity Night held at the basketball court in Durin bazaar here last night received overwhelming response by the local people in Dudong constituency.
Speaking at the event, proposed Barisan Nasional (BN) direct candidate for Dudong Constituency, Kelvin Kong, 44, thanked Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Dudong branch for proposing him as a BN direct candidate for Dudong in the coming 11th state election.
“As a local, born and raised in Dudong, I whole heartedly accept this proposal as it provides me an opportunity and a better platform to serve the people of my hometown,” he said.
His candidacy, as a non-party member for Dudong, was supported by SUPP Dudong Chairman Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck, Secretary Kong Sing Ping and Vice Chairman Wong Chin Yong.
Kong’s name was brought up two weeks ago although he is not a member of any political party.
“I am a businessman. My father was one of the founding members of SUPP, and former chairman of the SUPP Naman sub-branch,” he said.
His father, Kong Sheau Hon, was one of the key people who assisted BN in Dudong during the era of Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai, Jawan Empaling, Dr Soon Choon Teck, and Datuk Tiong Thai King.
Another potential BN direct candidate for Dudong is Datuk Tiong Thai King (United People’s Party), who is also Sibu Municipal Council chairman.
Tiong was a former Lanang MP from 1995 to 2013 until he has lost to DAP Alice Lau in the last parliamentary election.
Meanwhile, Kong has promised to serve fairly if he is nominated as a BN direct candidate for Dudong.
“I strongly believe that if BN is able to nominate a candidate who is truly acceptable to the majority of the Dudong electorate, I can deliver the seat to BN, just like they did with Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck and Datuk Tiong Thai King in the past.”
“My recent visits to the villages and longhouses in Dudong areas have given me high hopes and a lot of motivation.
The people are also giving me their blessings and hope that a caring and forceful elected representative will bring them more prosperity and development in the next five years.”
“The SUPP leadership has also given me their blessings. I am ready to be in Team Adenan to contest in Dudong,” he added.
On the event last night, Kong said: “So far I’m very glad to see a large turnout, it’s very encouraging.”