By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Sept 13: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has denied that the party is eyeing seats in Sibu for the coming Sarawak state election due 2021.
Tiong, however, did not deny that the party’s leadership and members have been active on the ground with the intention of “serving the people and solving their problems”.
“We are only moving around to serve the people. We are not asking for seats. We are going around to solve the people’s problem,” Tiong told DayakDaily when contacted today.
He said this despite PDP vice-president Teo Boon Siew openly declared that PDP was targeting three seats — Bawang Assan, Pelawan and Dudong — in Sibu.
However, Teo was also quick to point out that whether PDP’s wishes might come true rest in the decision of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
PDP has set up divisions in all the Chinese-majority areas in Sibu namely Dudong, Bukit Assek, Pelawan, Nangka and Bawang Assan,
Recently, PDP put up official signboards for its three service centres in the divisions of Bawang Assan, Dudong and Pelawan.
Prior to this, PDP has not been very active in Sibu, which has six state seats out of which, five are Chinese-majority seats and one Bumiputera seat, Nangka, held by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee, who is also Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister.
Tiong, who is Bintulu MP, has been one of those rumoured to be making preparations to “return” to the Sarawak state assembly, apart from Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi and Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
The rumours of Tiong returning did not come as a surprise, taking into consideration that Tiong is now active in voicing out issues and has been seen moving diligently on the ground. — DayakDaily