Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Baram has proposed four names as its candidate for Baram parliamentary constituency in the 14th General Election (14th GE).
The four are the branch chairman, lawyer Roland Engan, secretary Dennis Along, its Women’s Bureau head Catherine Jok and treasurer Lorna Lirang.
Dennis when contacted yesterday said the names were proposed by party members who attended the annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday and would be handed over to the party’s state and central leadership.
“The proposal will be handed over to the top leadership which will make the decision on who will become the candidate for Baram,” he said here yesterday.
Meanwhile, Roland when asked about the proposal said he may not be contesting again as the results of previous elections were not in his favour.
“I could be contesting again, but I might not as well, as I am not the favourite (based on the 13th GE and state election results),” he said. In the 13th GE, Roland who stood against Barisan Nasional’s Anyi Ngau in a three-cornered fight lost narrowly — by just 194 votes. He polled 8,968 votes while Anyi garnered 9,182 votes.
The other candidate Patrick Sibat Sujang who stood as an Independent earned 363 votes.
In the last state election held in May this year, Roland who was re-nominated as PKR Baram candidate in Telang Usan lost to BN’s Dennis Ngau in a straight fight.
Dennis won the seat with a slim majority of 167 after he polled 3,231 votes while Roland received 3,064.
Should Roland decide not to contest in the 14th GE, then PKR Baram may see new faces joining in the fray.
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