SUPP Senadin, Piasau, and Pujut chairmen purchase nomination forms

Lee (sixth left), Ting (eighth left), and Yii (fourth right) receiving the nomination forms. Also seen is Monica (fourth left).

MIRI, Nov 26: Three Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) chairmen from its Senadin, Piasau, and Pujut branches have purchased nomination forms for the coming 12th Sarawak Election today.

The trio — Senadin incumbent Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin, Piasau incumbent Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew, and Miri City mayor Adam Yii Siew Sang — purchased the forms at the UTC Rating and Valuation Department inside the old council building here.

They arrived at 8am accompanied by three SUPP branches committee members from their respective branches and purchased the nomination forms from returning officer for Senadin constituency, Monica Lenya.

The nomination form costs RM20 per copy and must be completed by individuals intending to stand as a candidate for any constituency.

Lee has served Senadin constituency for the past five terms since 1996, while Ting who is also SUPP secretary-general won the Piasau seat in the 11th Sarawak Election in 2016 after defeating Alan Ling of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) with a majority of 2,112 votes. Ting garnered 7,799 votes while Alan Ling polled 5,687 votes.

Ting was a former political secretary to Tan Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui who was Miri MP from 2004 to 2013.

Meanwhile, Yii has been speculated to stand in Pujut but when met recently during a site inspection in Kampung Pulau Melayu, he kept mum on the subject matter, saying that it’s up to the party’s top leadership to decide.

In the 11th Sarawak Election, Pujut was won by DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon but was disqualified last year over his dual citizenship, leaving the Pujut vacant since then.

Ting secured 8,899 votes to win the Pujut seat in a four-cornered-fight against Barisan Nasional candidate Hii King Chiong who garnered 7,140 votes, PAS candidate Jofri Jaraiee (513 votes), and Independent Fong Pau Teck (375 votes). — DayakDaily