Barisan can benefit from multi-cornered fight in Bintulu


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Feb 2004

KUCHING: The Barisan Nasional will benefit from a multi-cornered fight in hot seat Bintulu. 

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Datuk William Mawan Ikom said the opposition votes would be split if there were several candidates. 

“The more the merrier,” he said when asked if a multi-cornered fight would be to the coalition’s advantage. 

Barisan incumbent MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, who is also SPDP’s treasurer-general, is expected to defend the seat. 

In the 1999 polls, Tiong recaptured the seat for the coalition from the DAP when he unseated incumbent Chiew Chiu Sing in a straight fight. Tiong secured 15,681 votes against Chiew’s 14,281. 

Chiew, Kidurong assemblyman, turned giant killer in 1995 when he beat Sarawak National Party’s (SNAP) president and state minister Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min in a three-way battle.  

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