KUCHING: State Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is very satisfied with the selection of BN candidates here.
Saying he has no qualms about it, the Chief Minister hopes that all the candidates, both old and new, will give a good showing and deliver the seats to BN in the May 5 polls.
“I hope that BN will get a good victory from all our candidates here, contributing to the desire of the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) to achieve two-thirds majority in the federal government, and more than two-thirds majority in Sarawak parliamentary election,” he told a packed press conference after launching the Sarawak BN Supplementary Manifesto 2013 at PBB headquarters at Jalan Bako here yesterday.
Earlier, Taib officiated at the presentation of the letter of authorisation to all BN candidates.
On Monday, state BN unveiled eight new faces among its 31 candidates for the 13th general election. One of the new faces is a woman – Rubiah Wang – who will contest for Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) in Kota Samarahan.
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) introduced three new faces; namely its Youth chief Tan Kai, businessman and community leader Temenggong Vincent Lau Lee Ming, and Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew for Bandar Kuching, Sibu and Miri respectively.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) nominated a new candidate in Hulu Rajang; namely Wilson Ugak Kumbong to replace incumbent Datuk Billy Abit Joo.
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) meanwhile dropped Saratok incumbent Jelaing Mersat and replaced him with state senior minister and party president Tan Sri William Mawan. SPDP also introduced two other new candidates – Anthony Nogeh Gumbek for Mas Gading and Anyi Ngau in Baram.
Nogeh replaces National Service Training Council chairman Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe while Anyi takes the place of caretaker Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan.
Also present at the event were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Mawan, PRS president Tan Sri James Masing, SUPP president Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui and other state dignitaries.- theborneopost