Big names in the hat for hot Miri seat

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  • Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

In the running: Yii (left) and Ting are the likely SU PP candidates for the Miri seat.

MIRI: Big names are being bandied for the hot seat of Miri in the coming general election.

Four political parties have already stated their interest to contest in the parliamentary seat.

Barisan Nasional component party Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) may field either its secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting or party information chief Adam Yii, the mayor of Miri.

Sources told The Star that top guns from PKR and DAP are eyeing the seat, which PKR’s Dr Teo Yu Keng won five years ago with 26,909 votes against Ting, who obtained 24,917 votes.

If PKR is the Pakatan Harapan choice to defend the seat, it is believed the party will field its state chief Baru Bian.

Sarawak DAP, meanwhile, has identified its state secretary Alan Ling as its candidate if the party is chosen to contest here.

The United People’s Party, a SUPP breakaway, is also keen on the seat and has picked its Pujut branch chief Bruce Chai as a potential candidate.

It is believed PAS and the State Reform Party are also interested in the seat.

Miri has 68,000 registered voters and is made up of about 80% Chinese and 20% bumiputra voters.

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