Taib to name cadidates on May 6

KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will unveil the names of the 71 Barisan Nasional candidates three days ahead of nomination day on May 9. 

“I’ll announce my candidates on May 6,” Taib, who is also state Barisan chairman, told reporters after opening a crime prevention seminar here on Thursday. 

The Election Commission has fixed nomination for May 9 while polling will be on May 20. 

Under Barisan’s seat allocation, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), which is led by Taib, will contest 35 seats, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) 19 seats, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) nine and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) eight. 

Interest will centre on the Barisan’s candidates for the nine new seats of Opar, Kota Sentosa, Lingga, Balai Ringin, Bukit Saban, Daro, Bekenu, Pujut and Batu Danau. 

Other seats to watch out for include Ngemah and Belaga where PRS is expected to field new faces to replace the incumbents Gabriel Adit and Stanley Ajang respectively, who are now in SPDP. 

Another hot seat is Meradong, where it has been speculated that SUPP may drop its incumbent Datuk Ting Check Sii to field a woman candidate instead. 

Earlier, Taib urged municipal councils in the state to set up neighbourhood friendliness schemes to encourage social bonding and help prevent crime. 

“Social bonds are very important, especially in cities. Without it, people become lost and the sense of neighbourhood is gone. 

“Kuching North City Hall has come up with a neighbourhood scheme which I’m encouraging all the other municipal councils to emulate,” he said. 

The one-day seminar was organised by the police and Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation.  

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