Monday, April 25, 2016

#PRNSarawak : DAP set to go against PKR in Batu Kitang

Despite talk of agreement and negotiations, DAP has confirmed that its only Malay candidate, Abdul Aziz Isa , will be going up against Voon Shiak Ni from PKR to contest the Batu Kitang seat.

A source within the party confirmed ahead of the nominations on Monday that Abdul Aziz who was to contest at the Stakan seat will now be contesting in Batu Kitang.

Abdul Aziz was originally supposed to contest the Malay-populated area of Stakan  in the upcoming 11th Sarawak state election.

State DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen had named Abdul Aziz as the candidate for Stakan on April 21 and even added that he was the best candidate for the position.

On Sunday, Sarawak DAP issued a final call to PKR, urging its Pakatan Harapan partner to adhere to the agreement reached between leaders of both parties and warning it to expect additional competition for the Batu Kitang state seat if it did not.

Chong made the ultimatum after revealing a handwritten agreement signed by PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng on seat allocation for 13 areas.

Previously there was talk that there could be three-cornered fights in certain areas due to disagreement over seat negotiations.

Last Friday, state PKR chief Baru Bian, when announcing the party’s 35 candidates, said that Pakatan was still in the midst of negotiations and added that it would be resolved before nominations.
Chong, on the other hand, had said that he would stay true to the agreement signed between Lim and Azmin and had called on Sarawak PKR to do the same.

Both PKR and DAP have nominated their own candidates to contest the Batu Kitang state seat.
It is confirmed that the seat will see a five-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional, PKR, DAP and two independent candidates.

DAP has nominated the party’s only Malay candidate, Abdul Aziz Isa, will go up against Voon Shiak Ni from PKR.

Abdul Aziz was initially said to be contesting the Stakan seat.

Barisan will field SUPP’s Lo Khere Chiang.

Independent candidate Sulaiman Kadir, a former State Land and Survey Department officer, has also been nominated.

The other independent has been identified as businessman Datuk Seri Othman Bojeng, 59.

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