MIRI: SUPP and DAP are fighting tooth and nail to capture the four Chinese majority seats in northern Sarawak.
No one seems to be taking their eyes off Tanjung Batu, Pujut, Senadin and Piasau.
For now, SUPP is confident it can seize Tanjung Batu, located in Bintulu, and Pujut (in Miri) from DAP.
The Barisan party is also confident of retaining Senadin (in Miri). Tanjung Batu was formerly known as Kidurong, a seat which was held by DAP’s Chiew Ching Sing.
Chiew, who is contesting in Tanjung Batu, is facing Pau Chiong Ung who was picked by Sarawak Barisan chairman Tan Sri Adenan Satem to contest under the SUPP banner.
Pau was from the SPDP but Adenan told him to join SUPP to contest in this state polls.
Latest information from the Barisan machinery showed that Pau has a “decent chance” of causing an upset.
A Barisan insider said that Pau has good ties with the local business and community-based bodies.
“Chiew is still popular in terms of personality but DAP overall seems to lack local issues,” he said.
“In the 2011 state election, they had many local Sarawak issues to harp on but this time round, Adenan seems to be free from controversies which DAP could use against Barisan.”
In Pujut, Barisan direct candidate Datuk Hii King Chiong is using his business influence in his fight against DAP’s Ting Tiong Choon.
This will indeed be a close fight.
In Senadin, SUPP’s incumbent Datuk Lee Kim Shin is being challenged by DAP’s Dr Bob Baru.
However, SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting seems to be struggling against DAP secretary Alan Ling Sie Kiong in Piasau.
Ting prefers a low-key campaign like going on house-to-house visits and holding small gatherings.
Ling, on the other hand, has been going around Miri on the DAP’s Ubah truck and delivering open speeches.
He has been drawing big crowds daily.
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