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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Dec 6: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) strong woman Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah faces a straight fight against Parti Bumi Kenyalang candidate Salleh Mahali in N56 Dalat for the 12th Sarawak Election.
This is the second time the duo has crossed paths to vie for Dalat. The first time was during 2011 Sarawak Election when they met in a three-cornered fight.
Fatimah has been winning and defending Dalat for the past four consecutive terms with style. Garnering a big majority in a State election appears the norm in Dalat where Fatimah is concerned.
In the 2016 Sarawak Election, she polled 7,107 votes against her challenger Sim Eng Hua from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) who managed to gather only 777 votes.
In 2011, Fatimah faced Salleh Mahali who then stood as an independent and Sylvester Ajan Subah from PKR and again won beautifully with a majority of 4,990 votes with Sylvester Ajan polling 1,298 and Salleh, only 257 votes.
Fatimah won Dalat in the 2006 Sarawak Election uncontested. In 2001 Sarawak Election, she scored a decisive win, polling 7,497 against her opponent independent Peter Nari Dina who garnered 973 votes.
Despite being popular, this is expected to be her last term as she had indicated to the media in October last year. — DayakDaily