KUCHING, Jan 2: State Reform Party (Star) president Lina Soo will contest in Padungan in the upcoming Sarawak Election due in 2021.
Soo made the announcement at a press conference here today. Presently, Padungan is held by Wong King Wei from Democratic Action Party (DAP).
At the press conference, Soo also unveiled candidates for five other constituencies. The party’s chairman Buln Ribos will be contesting in Serembu; deputy president Hugh Lawrence Zehnder in Engkilili; secretary-general Simon Tiong Ing Tung in Pelawan, treasurer Chieng Lea Phing in Tanjong Batu and Fong Pau Teck in Pujut.
Soo said more candidates will be revealed for the remaining 16 seats that Star would be vying for in PRN12. She hinted that those seats were in urban and sub-urban areas of Sarawak.
She pointed out that Star’s agenda included bringing forward the independence referendum in DUN in two years’ time, by Christmas 2021, provided that Star had representatives in DUN.
Thus, she noted that the party needed the people’s power to bring the agenda to DUN through Star and to make the referendum happen.
She expounded that the independence referendum was one of the three aspirations of Star for 2020 and it was specific and achievable.
The other two aspirations for Star in 2020 were the recovery of assets and resources that also included territorial waters and oil and gas resources.
The third aspiration, according to Soo, was land reforms which she intended to share once there more information was available.
In the event that Star was unable to conduct the independence referendum in DUN, Soo shared that Star will use blockchain technology to carry out the referendum for the people online.
She expected that by June 2021, the electoral roll would be available in electronic format and the blockchain technology was more credible and transparent.
Adding on, she said the blockchain technology would use identification card numbers as well as facial recognition to capture data for voters.
Apart from that, she believed PRN12 was going to be the “hottest” election in the Sarawak political landscape as more political parties would be contesting as well as citizens above the age of 18 being allowed to vote.—DayakDaily