GE13: Three-term Seputeh MP expects tough fight against Barisan’s Wong

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 21 Apr 2013

Challenge accepted: Kok (right) shaking Wong’s hand at the Sri Petaling community hall.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP's Teresa Kok has termed her battle for the Seputeh parliamentary seat against Barisan Nasional's Nicole Wong as a “fight of sisters”. Wong acknowledged that it would be a tough fight but said she was ready for the challenge.

Early yesterday, residents from nearby neighbourhoods gathered at the Sri Petaling community hall which served as the nomination centre for the Seputeh parliamentary seat.

At about 8.35am, Kok and her supporters arrived. As they approached the hall, they chanted loudly: “Ubah! It's time for a change on May 5!”

Kok, dressed in an ivory-coloured shirt and jacket, looked relaxed.

“This will be a sisters' fight in Seputeh,” said Kok, who will be defending her seat for the fourth consecutive term.

About 20 minutes later at 8.55am, Wong arrived with supporters holding up Barisan flags and having their own chants of “Hidup BN!” (Long live BN!)

All of them were dressed in blue. Wong was all smiles and looked calm for a first-time candidate.

“I feel very touched as there are more supporters than I expected. This will be a tough fight but I am ready for the challenge. I just want to serve the people better and hope something good will happen on May 5,” said Wong.

At 10.15am, Seputeh returning officer M. Ashaari Othman announced that Wong and Kok would be contesting in Seputeh.

Meanwhile, incumbent Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee Ying Ha is also pitted against a woman candidate.

Lee, who has been sacked by DAP for contesting as an Independent, is standing against her replacement and Petaling Jaya councillor Tiew Way Keng, who has been dubbed a “parachute candidate”.

Both are competing in a crowded field of five, which includes Barisan's Liew Pok Boon as well as two other Independents Chin Kok Keong and Lim Ah Chai.

Another well-known opposition female politician, PKR's Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping, is re-contesting Bukit Lanjan in a straight fight with Barisan Bukit Lanjan coordinator Francis Chong Tuck Chiew.

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