GE15: Dr Yii’s here to stay, serving second term for Bandar Kuching with landslide win

Dr Yii is carried by his team following the official announcement that he has won and defended the Bandar Kuching parliamentary seat.

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Nov 19: As foreseen, following a resounding victory in the 15th General Election (GE15), Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Bandar Kuching incumbent Dr Kelvin Yii will be serving his second term as the elected Member of Parliament (MP) for P195 Bandar Kuching.

Dr Yii polled 45,353 votes, while Sarawak United Peoples’ Party’s (SUPP) Eric Tay Tze Kok polled 16,462 votes and Parti Bumi Kenyalang’s (PBK) Voon Lee Shan polled 1,750 votes, with Dr Yii winning with a majority of 28,891 votes against Tay.

Tay was also contesting for the first time in an election and Voon was contesting under the Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) logo.

Following the official announcement by Election Commission (EC) Returning Officer Zainab Mazali, the Bandar Kuching incumbent thanked his team and Bandar Kuching constituency voters for their support and pledged to serve them to the best of his abilities.

When met by reporters, Dr Yii said “I am very excited and very humble to be given the opportunity to play my part as the member of parliament.”

The constituency recorded a turnout of 58.40 per cent. Bandar Kuching has 109,710 registered voters.

In the previous 14th General Election (GE14), Dr Yii’s first foray into politics won the Bandar Kuching parliamentary seat with 45,548 votes, defeating SUPP’s Kho Teck Wan, who also ran as a greenhorn for Bandar Kuching on a Barisan Nasional ticket and received 12,575 votes.

As the State capital, Bandar Kuching is a highly coveted seat in Sarawak, and DAP has represented the constituency more often than the ruling coalition. — DayakDaily