By Peter Sibon
SERIAN, July 27: Besides Simanggang assemblyman Datuk Francis Harden who will be defending his seat, Cr Niponi Undek has also been endorsed by Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Bumiputera Bureau to be the party’s choice for Opar in the coming State election which is due by June next year.
According to SUPP Bumiputera Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, the names of the two have been forwarded to the party’s powerful Central Working Committee (CWC) during their recent meeting.
Besides the two names, Riot also revealed that three potential candidates have been identified for Mambong and Engkilili respectively.
For Mambong, SUPP Bumiputera Bureau has recommended three names; Andrew Victor Nub, Cr Jameson Jium and Cr Ahkim Sarok while for Engkilili, they are Desmond Sateng Sanjan, Cr. Semijie Janting and Kua Jack Seng.
“We have four Bumiputera branches in SUPP, namely Opar, Mambong, Simanggang and Engkilili. Four Bumiputra seats (which are) traditionally ours,” Riot told reporters at SUPP Serve Centre in here today.
Riot, who is also Serian MP said the Bumiputera Bureau which he chaired was held at SUPP headquarters on July 17 and was attended by SUPP Bumiputera Bureau members which consisted of councillors and branch leaders from these four branches.
“By me announcing the names of our candidates for our four Bumiputera seats, I have not only informed the CWC but also urged them to looked into it.
“SUPP vice-president Datuk Lee Kim Shin congratulated us for giving the full names for the four Bimuputera candidates,” said Riot who is also SUPP deputy president I.
Meanwhile, when asked whether he will contest in the coming State election, Riot who is Serian’s seven-term MP merely said he will cross the bridge when he comes to it. — DayakDaily