Top guns linked to Miri seat

Yii (centre, in dark suit) meeting 2018 Miri Marathon organising committee members. — STEPHEN THEN/The Star

MIRI: Mayor Adam Yii who is Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) information chief is cautiously optimistic that Barisan Nasional can regain the Miri parliamentary seat.

The Pujut SUPP branch chief said the party’s chances looked good following its success in the last state election where it won half of the state seats lost to the Opposition in 2011.

“However, this parliamentary election will still be tough.

“We must convince Miri voters that the BN development agenda for Miri is far more beneficial to the rakyat than the agenda of the opposition.

“I am optimistic that we can win back Miri but I say so on a cautious note,” he told StarMetro.

Big political names have been linked to this “hot seat” for the coming parliamentary polls in Sarawak that will coincide with the general election at national level.

SUPP, a Barisan component party, may field either secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting or Yii for the Miri seat.

PKR may name its state president Baru Bian to defend Miri if the party is the choice of Pakatan Harapan.

Sarawak DAP has identified its state secretary Alan Ling as Miri candidate if DAP is chosen to defend the seat.

Sources said top guns from these parties are eyeing Miri with the incumbent PKR MP Dr Teo Yu Keng unlikely to defend the seat he won five years ago against Ting with a majority of about 1,900 votes.

Several other parties have expressed their interest to contest in Miri in the coming polls.

Aside from SUPP, DAP and PKR, United People’s Party (UPP), a breakaway party of SUPP, is also keen.

UPP has identified Pujut branch head Bruce Chai as its potential candidate for Miri.

PAS Sarawak and State Reform Party have also shown an interest to contest the Miri seat.

Miri has 68,000 registered voters, made up of about 80% Chinese and 20% bumiputra voters.

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