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Tuesday April 27, 2010

DAP candidate may have father as rival in Sibu polls

SIBU: Alice Lau Kiong Yieng, one of eight shortlisted DAP candidates for the Sibu by-election, has found herself in a peculiar position.

Her father is Datuk Lau Cheng Kiong, the chairman of Pelawan Sarawak Progressive Development Party (SPDP), a component of the Barisan Nasional coalition.

But the different political affiliations of father and daughter do not seem to bother Kiong Yieng.

She said that if nominated by her party to stand in the by-election, her father’s position should not be turned into an issue.

“My father has never questioned my decision to join DAP a few months ago.

“When I was shortlisted by Sarawak DAP for the by-election, he also did not even say a word to me about it.

“We never talk politics at home. So I do not think there is any problem with that,” she said.

Kiong Yieng said her father was also not against her contesting in the by-election if nominated.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is expected to announce the candidate at a dinner here tonight.

The other shortlisted candidates are Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng, publicity secretary David Wong, Sibu DAP deputy chairman Lau Hui Ung, assistant organising secretary Stephen Lu, his special assistant Yap Hoi Liong, and former SUPP member Wong Ching Yong.

“Until now there is no indication of who the candidate is. We are only told to be on stand-by.

“Every one of us respects the party’s choice and will play our role in the election campaign.

“Of course it would be great to be selected but the expectation will be very high,” Kiong Yieng said.

A pharmacy graduate from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, she is the Sibu DAP women wing’s chairperson.

Asked if she was the front runner for the candidacy as she had been seen with top leaders of the Opposition coalition for a closed-door meeting recently, she said:

“I got lucky. I had earlier hitched a ride with the party’s transport group to welcome them at the airport so I was invited to the meeting.”

That meeting was attended by DAP party adviser Lim Kit Siang, PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and PAS deputy chairman Nasaruddin Mat Isa.