STAR keen to contest in Pujut by-election


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  • Saturday, 10 Jun 2017

MIRI: State Reform Party Sarawak (STAR) is keen to contest for the Pujut by-election.

Its president Lina Soo the party had at least three names in mind should a by-election be called.

“We are in the process of gathering grassroot opinions on the matter,” said Soo after a press conference here.

She suggested that an automatic voter registration system be implemented by the Election Commission.

“All citizens aged 21 and above should automatically be registered into a database,” she said.

Soo highlighted that STAR was a multiracial party with no inclination towards race and religion-centric politics.

“Our party was founded 20 years ago by the late Dr Patau Rubis, who passed away last year.

“Nonetheless, we are here to stay and will continue with his work.

The party currently has about 5,000 members including almost 100 members in Miri.

“Soo added that the strength of the party should not be judged by the number of members it has.

“After all, everything starts out small.

“It is our hope that the state government will actively uphold and safeguard any rights that have been eroded,

“Ultimately, we believe that justice and truth will prevail,” said Soo.

Also present at the press conference was party treasurer Chieng Lea Phing, secretary Simon Tiong, Albert Voon, and Muhd Syazwi Chong Abdullah whose father Chong Koh Fatt was the STAR candidate to contest for the Miri parliamentary seat in 2013. — By DAPHNE JOLLY

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