Bandar Kuching PKR expects to prevail in heated contest for Batu Lintang

Dominique Ng

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Oct 22: Bandar Kuching PKR chief Dominique Ng predicts that there will be at least a five-cornered fight in Batu Lintang in the coming state election due by June 2021.

However, he was optimistic that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will prevail.

“Yes, of course we are confident because PKR already has solid support in Batu Lintang. In every election there is a calculated risk.

“We are confident that the people of Batu Lintang will make the right choice,” Ng told DayakDaily in an exclusive interview here today.

Ng predicted that the five-cornered fight would be between its incumbent See Chee How, who has left PKR and joined Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (SUPP/GPS), Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK), Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi), and PKR.

Ng, who is a former Padungan assemblyman reiterated that he would not stand in the coming state election but instead would leave it to his 23-year-old daughter to enter the fray.

“I’m not personally contesting. We are going to propose my youngest daughter (PKR Kuching Division Women chief) Cherishe Ng. She has just graduated from University of Malaysia, in law.

“She’s very eager. She’s very young and energetic, full of ideas. And she is willing to take up the challenge,” said Ng, adding that the choice of his daughter as an election candidate was based on an understanding among Pakatan Harapan component parties.

Cherishe Ng

Ng, who is also Sarawak Association of People’s Aspiration (Sapa) president, said it was an opportune time to give the younger generation a chance to be active in politics.

“We are suppose to be leading the people in terms of change for fresh ideas and so on. We should be prepared to start the change within ourselves. We are not going to talking about a 95-year-old, old man still asking for a third term as the prime minister of Malaysia as if he is indispensable.

“He has done too much damage to Malaysia. All of these people should be retired. In order to retire them, we ourselves must be prepared to retire ourselves when our time has come and allow fresh blood to come to the forefront,” said Ng.

In the last state election, See won the Batu Lintang seat with a majority of 4,385 votes in a three-cornered fight. — DayakDaily