DAP is banking on women power to wrest strongholds of the Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) in the next state election.
The states key opposition party has fired its first salvo by naming three women candidates - all professionals - for the polls due next October.
They include lawyer Violet Yong Wui Wui, who is expected to take on SUPPs secretary-general Datuk Sim Kheng Hui in Pending and Kung Chin Chin who is likely to take on SUPPs treasurer Datuk David Teng Lung Chi in Repok.
Both Sim and Teng are state assistant ministers and veteran politicians.
Another lawyer Ting Tze Fui is expected to face SUPP central committee member Datuk Ting Check Sii in Meradong.
The last time the DAP fielded a woman candidate was in the 1991 state election.
Sarawak DAP state chairman Richard Wong Ho Leng said the party might field a fourth woman candidate as women were more sensitive to issues affecting them.
He said the polls victory and good performances of several DAP women MPs like Teresa Kok and Chong Eng was an inspiration for more women to come to the forefront of politics.
The party has also named two other candidates for the polls. They are lawyer Voon Lee Shan (Batu Lintang) and Chiew Chiu Sing (Kidurong).
Chiew is now the sole DAP assemblyman in the 62-seat legislature.
I expect the polls to be held only in September as the Barisan Nasional is firmly in control. There is no need (for the coalition) to rush (and call for an early election), he said after the partys 13th state convention in Kuching Park Hotel recently.
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