Aspirasi to contest in Jepak by-election

Lina Soo (file photo)

KUCHING, Sept 28: Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) president Lina Soo has announced that the party will contest in the N67 Jepak by-election which will be held on Nov 4.

According to a statement issued by Soo today, this was a unanimous decision by the party’s Supreme Council after consultation and deliberation among party members.

“Aspirasi has identified potential candidates and is now in the vetting process of getting feedback from the ground.


“Our candidate will be a local born in Bintulu who is known to the voters of Jepak constituency, and is brave enough to speak up for the community. Our final decision will be known very shortly,” she said.

Soo also said that Bintulu is experiencing many issues, with rising living costs burdening people who are already struggling to make ends meet.

“Salaries are not keeping up with inflation and local businesses have slumped, lowering the standards of living. Owning a home now in Bintulu is out of reach for many people and remains an elusive dream for many of the homeless.

“Bintulu is the goose that lays the golden eggs, yet for the people, life is getting harder and harder by the day.”

Soo alleged that this is due to mismanagement of the Sarawak economy and the State’s abundant resources, claiming that Bintulu’s oil and natural gas resources have fail to provide a decent living for its people.

“The Sarawak government has failed to manage Sarawak’s natural resources to optimum, wasting money on projects which do not provide benefit to the people who need development the most.

“If the people still need to vote for the government in the hope of receiving development after 60 years, then obviously the government has failed the people, and the voters must wake up from their dream.

“Sarawak needs politicians who are not afraid to speak up for the people. Having another politician who is from the government will not help the people as he will not truly represent the people, but is only there to support government policies which benefit the rich and the elite class,” she claimed.

The Aspirasi president said that voters need to vote in a party with a representative who truly understands the sufferings of the people, and in this respect, Soo expressed hope the voters of Jepak will give Aspirasi a fighting chance. — DayakDaily