MIRI: Three political parties have bought nomination forms to contest in the Miri parliamentary constituency.
Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting, vice-president Datuk Lee Kim Shin and information chief Adam Yii bought the nomination forms from the Election Commission (EC) Miri returning officer Morshidi Federick yesterday.
Miri United People’s Party (UPP) chief Bruce Chai and Miri PKR incumbent Teo Yu Keng have already collected their nomination forms.
Lee, who is Miri SUPP election director, said the name of the SUPP Barisan Nasional candidate for Miri will be announced in due time by state and national Barisan leaders.
“We are here to buy the nomination forms to signify that Miri SUPP are ready for the polls.
“We are here as a united team to win back Miri for Barisan Nasional,” he said.
Teo had indicated his intention to defend the seat he won in the 2013 polls.
In 2013, he defeated SUPP candidate Ting by 1,994 votes.
There is talk that Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian may be fielded in place of Teo.
Ting, who is tipped to be the SUPP candidate again for Miri, is also Piasau assemblyman.
Chai indicated that he is keen to be the candidate for Barisan as UPP considers itself Barisan-friendly.
“Since UPP is a friend of Barisan, we will fight to win it,” he said.
Chai had announced his intention to be the Barisan candidate for Miri despite the fact that UPP is not a Barisan component party.
This is fuelling speculation he may contest as an Independent.
There are 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak with Barisan holding 25, DAP 5 and PKR 1.