KUCHING: The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) youth has asked Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to allocate the Mulu seat to its youth chief Robert Ayu in the coming state election.

Its vice chairman David Yeo said all the other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties had candidates from their youth wings to contest in the coming election.

“Robert Ayu fulfils the criteria as a candidate for Mulu. He is a Kelabit from Ulung Palang, Bario and a practicing lawyer since 1992 and also serves as a councillor at the Miri City Council.

“He also holds important posts in the Kelabit associations like Rurum Kelabit Sarawak as its vice president, Kelab Sukan Highlanders as its patron and a committee member in FORUM,” he said in a statement here Monday.

Yeo claimed that Robert Ayu was also well accepted by the Orang Ulu and Iban when he visited them during his walkabout in the area and most importantly could win Mulu for BN.

Meanwhile, SPDP Ba’kelalan division wanted the BN top leadership to listen to their request to pick any one among the three names submitted by the division to become the candidate.

The three are former two-term assemblyman Datuk Nelson Balang Rining, Barry Baru Sigar and Sam Laya.

“If the BN top leadership cannot concede to our request we will still support BN but we cannot promise or guarantee that the voters will follow our division’s advice as we have 3,000 members and over 1,000 new applicants for membership,” said the division’s vice chairman Alfred Padan Tai in a statement.

PKR’s Baru Bian won the seat in the 2011 state election defeating SPDP candidate Willie Leow.

Nelson, who is SPDP deputy president and chairman of SPDP Ba’kelalan Division, defeated Baru in the 2004 by-election and again in the 2006 State election. However, he was not re-nominated to defend the seat in the last state polls.

So far the chief minister has yet to announce the candidates for Mulu and Ba’kelalan.