MIRI: It is still over a month before polling day for the Pujut state seat by-election but the machinery on the ground has shifted into high gear for Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
Yesterday, leaders from the Barisan Nasional component party officially activated their preparations for the by-election at the Pujut SUPP branch here.
Among those present were Miri SUPP committee chairman Datuk Lee Kim Shin, party secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting, Pujut SUPP chairman Adam Yii and grassroots leaders.
They also bought three sets of nomination forms from the Election Commission office located in the city council building.
Yii said the campaign machinery for the Pujut by-election was spearheaded by all the Barisan component parties in Miri.
“It is made up of leaders and members in Miri from SUPP, PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).
“The Barisan candidate will be announced by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg, who is also Sarawak Barisan chairman.
The seat fell vacant when its incumbent assemblyman, Dr Ting Tiong Choon from DAP, was booted out of the state assembly over his Australian citizenship controversy.
In the May 2016 state election, Dr Ting had won Pujut with a 1,759-vote majority in a four-cornered fight against Barisan candidate Datuk Hii King Chiong, Jofri Jaraiee of PAS and former Pujut assemblyman Fong Pau Teck who stood as an independent after being sacked by DAP in 2013.
Nomination is fixed for June 20 while polling will be on July 4.
A big portion of the Pujut seat covers Miri City.