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SRI AMAN, April 28: It is a three-cornered fight in Sri Aman where Barisan Nasional-Parti Rakyat Sarawak’s (BN-PRS) Datuk Masir Kujat will be facing challengers from Pakatan Harapan-Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PH-PKR) Norina Umoi Utot and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) president Cobbold John Lusoi.
Sri Aman is predominantly a Dayak area with Dayak voters comprising 73 per cent and Malay and Chinese voters at 17 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
Masir who has held the Sri Aman seat for PRS since 2008 is seeking his third term in representing the voters of the constituency which totalled 33,099.
He was able defend Sri Aman for BN in the 2013 general election with a majority of 6,550 where he polled 12,168 votes against PKR’s Nicholas Mujah Ason (4,661 votes); independent candidate but veteran politician Donald Lawan (3,867 votes) and Wilfred Stephen of Sarawak Workers Party who garnered 476 votes.
Norina Umoi, 54, holds an Economics degree from University of Winnipeg, USA and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University of Scotland.
She who is currently involved in the oil and gas industry was formerly Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak supreme council member, and also part of the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Cobbold, a native rights activist and a small-scale palm oil planter, is no stranger to both state and general elections as he has contested six times prior to joining the fray this election. — DayakDaily