Resounding victory to GPS in Jepak despite low voter turnout, says PBB senior veep

Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, Nov 5: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) senior vice president Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi expresses his gratitude to all voters in the Jepak constituency for giving Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidate Iskandar Turkee a thumping victory despite a low voter turnout of 48.70 per cent.

Dr Rundi also congratulated new Jepak assemblyman Iskandar for his big victory in N67 Jepak.

“It’s a clear endorsement by the people of Bintulu, not only Jepak, of GPS’ policy and leadership mentioned in our manifesto.

“The 8,784 majority has doubled the support in the 12th Sarawak state election (PRN-12), of course, the increased number of voters from over 14,000 to 22,804.

“What is more important is we won all the polling stations, and both Opposition candidates lost their deposits,” he said in a statement today.

He said Iskandar had pledged to serve his constituents to the best of his ability.

“I would like to thank all party machinery, PBB, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) for working as a team to ensure a big victory,” added Dr Rundi.

Iskandar has successfully defended Jepak for the ruling coalition in the by-election with a majority of 8,784 in a three-cornered fight. He garnered a total of 9,638 votes.

Meanwhile, Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) candidate Stevenson Joseph Sumbang and Chieng Lea Phing from Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) polled 854 and 431 votes, respectively. — DayakDaily