Penguang expects multi-cornered fight in Marudi for next state election

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Aug 3: Marudi assemblyman Datu Dr Penguang Manggil says that anyone standing in Marudi for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) could expect a four-cornered fight in the upcoming Sarawak Election.

He told DayakDaily that if he were to be continued to be identified by GPS top leadership to stand in Marudi, he would expect to face three other candidates from different parties or coalition.

“It would be a four-cornered fight. But the more the merrier so that people can choose who they really want to represent them,” said Penguang who is a first term Marudi assemblyman.

He observed the presence of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), Pakatan Harapan (PH) and other parties in his area, which have been moving around.

In particular, Penguang noted that former Marudi assemblyman Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran, who has joined PSB, has been active on the ground quietly.

“He was the elected representatives here for 20 years. The people here knew what he had done and what he can do.

“It is best to leave it for the people to decide who they want for their representative. After all, it is for their future. So they will have to choose carefully,” he added.

Penguang, who is also Assistant Minister of Local Government, assured that he would take things seriously if he was to be identified again by the GPS to defend the seat.

“I would not take things for granted. I will see everyone as a threat. I will take it seriously and defend the seat for GPS,” he emphasised.

As for now, the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) vice president said he will play his part to serve the people of Marudi diligently.

“It is already a routine to visit my area two to three days a week while other time, I will be discharging my duty as Assistant Minister for Local Government,” he shared.

Penguang won in 2016 Sarawak Election by garnering 5,493 votes against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)’s Elia Bit who polled 4,106 votes and independent Louis Jalong, 56 votes. — DayakDaily