SIBU, Dec 19: Newly elected Bukit Assek assemblyman, Joseph Chieng, has invited the former incumbent, Irene Chang, to monitor his performance and provide checks and balances for the next five years.
“Last night I met Irene on the way out of the tally centre and I welcomed her to monitor my service and election promises,” he said while making his rounds at Sungai Merah market today with Pelawan assemblyman Michael Tiang to thank voters for supporting him.
Chieng, a naval architect by profession, said he also wanted Tiang together with Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (Dudong assemblyman) and Dr Annuar Rapaee (Nangka assemblyman) to check on his performance.
Chieng opined that though the four of them have different manifestos, they could deliver what they had promised to the voters by working as a team.
“So it is important for us in the GPS team to be able to work together and to service the rakyat,” he said.
Chieng’s six-point election manifesto touched on the development of infrastructure facilities and the well-being of the people in Bukit Assek.
His manifesto includes materialising the Bukit Assek redevelopment plan, a new polyclinic, affordable homes for the poor, a link road between Jalan Wong King Hou and Airport road, a flood mitigation plan for Sentosa and materialising the MA63 Agreement for Sarawak to become an equal partner with Peninsula Malaysia.
On his election victory, he said it showed that voters were sending a strong message that they wanted change.
“This time, we can tell that there is a strong urge by the voters asking for change (in new assemblyman) and I have to carry out and deliver my manifesto,” he added.
In the election, he surprised the other five candidates by winning the seat with a majority of 874 votes.
Chieng polled a total of 4,684 votes, Chang 3,810 votes, Priscilla Lau (PBK) 2,598 votes, Ting Kee Nguan (PSB) 1,790 votes, Hii Tiong Huat (Independent) 313 votes and Jess Lau (Aspirasi) 209 votes. ― DayakDaily