Wednesday August 1, 2012
SUPP No. 2 insists Serian not a grey area
KUCHING: SUPP deputy president Datuk Richard Riot Jaem has shot down suggestion that the Serian parliamentary seat is a “grey” area.
He believed that Barisan Nasional would have no problem in retaining the seat in the coming parliamentary elections.
“As far as I’m concerned, Serian is a ‘white’ area and not ‘grey’ as you all suggested,” he said in response to a question directed to Plantation Industries and Commodities Minis-ter Tan Sri Bernard Dompok after the launch of a cocoa planting technology course in Serian yesterday.
Reporters had asked Dompok if his two visits within a period of five months to Serian indicated that it was a “grey” area.
Dompok, in his reply to the question, said it so happened that the functions related to his ministry were held in Serian.
Riot, who is Deputy Foreign Minister, however declined to reveal whether he had received a notification letter about his candidature.
“Anyway, we have submitted our party’s candidate list to the prime minister. I was at the meeting with our party president recently to prepare our candidate list but I will not reveal the names now,” said Riot.
It is said that Riot would be re-nominated to defend Serian, Ding Kuong Hiing has been nominated to contest in Sarikei while SUPP Youth chief Tan Kai, in Bandar Kuching.
Recently, Kota Sentosa SUPP secretary and Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang said he and SUPP Youth secretary Wilfred Yap had been short-listed for Stampin as Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng is not seeking re-election.
Talks were also rife that the leader of the “Sibu faction” and former SUPP deputy secretary-general Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh and SUPP president Datuk Seri Peter Chin had agreed to nominate community leader Temenggong Vincent Lau Lee Ming to contest in Sibu and Lanang incumbent Datuk Tiong Thai King to defend his seat.
It is also believed that SUPP had nominated Piasau SUPP chairman Datuk Sebastian Ting as its candidate in Miri, where Chin has indicated that he would not seek re-election.
In the 2008 general election, SUPP won six seats — Stampin, Sibu, Lanang, Miri, Serian and Sarikei — but lost Bandar Kuching to DAP.
In a by-election held in May 2010, SUPP failed to retain its Sibu seat after losing to DAP.