Sarawak DAP mulls election petitions

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  • Monday, 10 Mar 2008

SIBU: DAP Sarawak is considering filing election petitions in the Sibu and Lanang parliamentary seats. 

State chairman Richard Wong Ho Leng told a press conference yesterday that the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) may have contravened election laws by giving dinners to thousands of supporters during the campaign period. 

“There is clear evidence of mass treats for voters at the SMK Sacred Heart hall and the Civic Centre during the campaign,” he said. 

Wong also apologised for the poor show of the Opposition party in the state – Chong Chieng Jen’s victory in Bandar Kuching was DAP’s only win on Saturday. 

Bukit Assek assemblyman Wong lost by 3,235 votes to SUPP’s four-term incumbent Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, who polled 19,138 votes, in Sibu. The other candidate in the race, Lim Chin Chuang of PKR, lost his deposit with just 812 votes. 

In the Lanang constituency, Datuk Tiong Thai King of SUPP retained the seat for the fourth term with a 4,864-vote majority. Tiong garnered 19,476 votes against the 14,612 tally of DAP’s David Wong Kee Woan. 

DAP also lost in Stampin, Sarikei, Bintulu and Miri. 

Wong said: “As the state chairman, I take full responsibility. There will be no celebrations in Sarawak, and we will start preparing for the next state and parliamentary elections immediately.” 

Besides Sibu, PKR fielded a candidate against DAP and Barisan candidates in Stampin while its state leader campaigned for a former DAP member who stood as an independent in Sarikei. 

SUPP’s Ding Kuong Hiing won the Sarikei seat by a slim 51-vote majority over Dr Wong Hua Seh of DAP in a five-cornered fight.  

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