PBDSB tells Aspirasi to stand down from contesting in Dudong

Rapelson Richard Hamit

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KUCHING, Nov 27: Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) vice president Rapelson Richard Hamit has told Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) president Lina Soo to stand down from contesting in the Dudong seat in the coming 12th Sarawak Election.

Rapelson in a statement today said Soo should respect PBDSB president Bobby William’s decision to field its candidate in Dudong.

This is because both Aspirasi and PBDSB are among the component parties under Gabungan Anak Sarawak (GASAK) of which Bobby is the protem president.

“Jangan lawan boss (Do not go against your boss).

“Dudong belongs to PBDSB and if necessary, we will clash in Dudong. We will not give way (to Aspirasi),” Rapelson told Soo.

In the same statement, PBDSB has announced its secretary general Julius Enchana Jaspher as the candidate to contest in Dudong seat for the coming State polls.

Previously, Aspirasi had named Josephine Lau Kiew Peng as a contender in Dudong.

Dudong is currently being held by Datuk Tiong Thai King who won the seat under Barisan Nasional (BN) direct candidate against Yap Hoi Leong of Democratic Action Party (DAP) in the 2016 Sarawak Election. He is now with Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).

Dudong is expected to be a multi-cornered fight with Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) also announcing Dr Jane Lau Sing Yee as its candidate for the hot seat.

While Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has yet to announce its finalised list of candidates, rumours has it that Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Dudong branch chairman Wong Ching Yong is likely to be fielded in the seat.

Apart from SUPP, the other three GPS component parties are Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

Rumours are also rife about PDP president-cum-Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing eyeing Dudong, where he has been seen actively making rounds in the area. — DayakDaily