SUPP names Chin, Ting for Miri, Sibuti
By Philip Kiew
MIRI: The Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) has picked its candidates for the Miri and Sibuti parliamentary seats.
They are the incumbent for Miri Datuk Peter Chin, who is Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, and Sebastian Ting, the partys organising chairman and a political secretary to Chin.
The two candidates were decided at a meeting of SUPP branches in northern Sarawak yesterday.
Chaired by party president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan at SUPP Miri office, the meeting was also attended by leaders from the branches and sub-branches.
We are submitting two names for the parliamentary elections, Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui and Sebastian Ting for the Miri and Sibuti seats, Dr Chan said at the end of the two-hour meeting.
He, however, did not specify which seat they would contest.
Also present at the meeting were Infrastructure Development Assistant Minister Lee Kim Shin, Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia and Miri Mayor Datuk Wee Han Wen.
Dr Chan said the meeting also resolved to establish the Lambir and Bekenu branches within three months. Their setting up would bring the total number of branches to 41.
Dr Chans announcement that SUPP had proposed a name for Sibuti confirmed speculations that the party would be staking its claim on the new seat.
Sibuti was carved out of Miri seat in the last delineation exercise which also saw the creation of the Bekenu state constituency from the Lambir state constituency.
Prior to the last exercise, Miri parliamentary constituency included Lambir, Piasau and Senadin state constituencies but it has now been reshaped into Piasau, Pujut and Senadin while Lambir and Bekenu make up the new Sibuti parliamentary seat.