MIRI: DAP has no problems fielding candidates in the Pujut by-election as those with potential have been on the ground but the party prefers to wait a bit longer for an official announcement by its state chairman.
State DAP secretary Alan Ling said the announcement of DAP candidate would be made by the state chairman Chong Chieng Jen at an appropriate time.
He declined to indicate whether he was the most likely candidate for the party The Election Commission has announced June 20 has nomination day and July 4 for polling.
The by-election is triggered by the State Legislative Assembly motion to disqualify the incumbent Dr Ting Tiong Choon of allegedly having dual citizenship.
In the last state election, Dr Ting garnered 8,899 votes in a four-cornered with direct BN candidate Datuk Hii King Chiong, Jofri Jaraiee of PAS and Independent Fong Pau Teck.
Dr Ting won the election with a 1,759-vote majority.
Ling, 34, a lawyer is former Piasau assemblyman and despite his defeat last year, is still active and working alongside Dr Ting in serving the community.
“Our focus now is filing to the court for a review to quash the decision made by the DUN Speaker.
“We have no choice but at the same time prepare for the by-election.
He said the party would go all out to defend the seat for the simple reason that the separation of powers and democracy system should be safeguarded, upheld and protected by the legislature, not otherwise.
“What happened in the DUN on May 12 is ugly and unacceptable,” he said.
He said it was imperative for Pujut voters to regain their dignity because no one should take away their rights by arbitrarily removing the rightfully elected representative chosen by the majority of the people.
Political observers, meanwhile, believed Ling as the mostly likely DAP’s candidate for the by-election for it to regain its representation in the assembly. Ling was thrust into the limelight when he defeated deputy chief minister and SUPP president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan in the previous state election in Piasau but was defeated in subsequent election by SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting Chew Yew in 2016.
Source: The Borneo Post