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‘I hope there is a swing back by the Chinese,’ says Wong Soon Koh

Secara Rawak

SIBU: Bawang Assan BN direct candidate Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s popularity will help Barisan Nasional win over the Chinese in the 11th state election.

He believes the Chinese community would realise that it was important to be united within BN for greater participation in the government.

“I hope there is a swing back by the Chinese community because right now there is a very unhealthy political trend that they are outside the mainstream of the political arena where Bumiputera is in the government,” he said.

He told reporters this when met at a community gathering in Tanjung Penasu near here Sunday.

Also present were Home Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed and People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) director-general Datuk Kamariah Mohd Noah.

Wong said he was ready to face the polls on Saturday as he had already covered roughly 90 percent of the constituency after only the seventh day of the campaign period.

“I am happy with what I have done so far. One week after the nomination I have covered most of the rural Chinese areas and also most of the 100 longhouses in Bawang Assan,” he said.

Wong is involved in a five-cornered fight for the Bawang Assan seat and his opponents include a former PBB supreme council member Watson Bangau ak Jonathan Renang who is contesting as an Independent.

Also in the fray are Wong Sin Wei from STAR, Chiew Sung Ngie (DAP) and another independent candidate Yeu Bang Keng.

On his opponents’ chances particularly Watson, Wong who is also Sarawak second Finance Minister and Local Government and Community Development Minister, said he would not take the challenge lightly.

“Of course I cannot underestimate the challenge from Watson Bangau. He was a very prominent figure in PBB, he was once the political secretary to the chief minister and came from a very prominent family,” he said.

Bawang Assan will see 18,340 voters comprising Chinese (55.1 per cent), Iban (38.8 per cent), Malay (5.3 per cent) and other races (0.8 per cent) exercising their responsibility on polling day, May 7. – Bernama

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