Hornbill Unleashed

May 30, 2017

Sarawak STAR seeks to recruit ex-DAP rep for Pujut by-election

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

STAR president Lina Soo said that her party’s supreme council will meet to discuss the by-election after the Gawai Dayak celebration next month. — Picture by Choo Choy MaySarawak State Reform Party (STAR) is willing to field former DAP assemblyman Fong Pau Teck as its candidate for the July 4 Pujut by-election.

“I had asked him and he said he had not made a decision yet whether to accept the offer,” Sarawak STAR president Lina Soo told Malay Mail Online today.

She added that her party’s supreme council will meet to discuss the by-election after the Gawai Dayak celebration next month.

Fong was the DAP assemblyman for Pujut after defeating Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Any Chia Chu Fatt by a 3,849-vote majority  in the 2011 Sarawak election.

However, he was sacked by the DAP in November 2013 after being found to have gone against the party’s interests, including allegedly supporting an independent candidate for Miri in the May general election that same year and terminating a 10 per cent of his RM15,000 monthly salary to the party.

Fong became an independent assemblyman after that and sought to defend his seat in the 2016 state election but lost in a four-cornered fight that was won by DAP candidate Dr Ting Tiong Choon. Fong drew only 375 votes then.

The by-election is caused by the disqualification of the DAP’s incumbent Pujut assemblyman after the state assembly on May 12 approved a motion to strip him of the membership for the Pujut seat for allegedly acquiring an Australian citizenship.

Separately, another state Opposition party, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak said it will not contest in the by-election as Pujut is a Chinese-majority seat.

Its president Cobbold John Lusoi said the party will leave the BN challenge to the DAP.

“Being a Dayak party, we will only put up candidates in seats where the Dayaks form the majority of voters,” he explained.

Source : The Malay Mail Online




  1. Fong Pau Teck should quit politics graciously and focus on NGO work too.

    Comment by Mat Som — May 31, 2017 @ 3:13 PM | Reply

  2. Local Opposition parties must wake up to the reality that Malaysians are ready for a two party system. These Sarawak and Sabah based Opposition parties should reorganize themselves by discarding the political have been and recruiting young and politically committed professionals They should retire all dinosaurs and ineffective leaders who had lost numerous times. In fact STAR and PBDS Baru are politically dead long time ago.

    Comment by Mat Som — May 30, 2017 @ 8:24 PM | Reply

  3. Any politician, novice and experienced who contest as an independent or under STAR ,PBDS and PAS against PH and BN in Sarawak shall lose their deposits. Two experienced and former ADUN, Dominique Ng and Fong Pau Teck can testify and qualify my assertion. Lina Soo should just focus on NGO work.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — May 30, 2017 @ 12:26 PM | Reply

    • Star and PAS only hope to be rewarded by BN for contesting for the sake of splitting Opposition votes but ground sentiments in the run up to GE 14 seemed to be favouring DAP in Pujut. It will be a foregone conclusion that anyone contesting as independent or under STAR or PAS will lose their deposits. The real battle will be between the DAP and BN. DAP may double its majority should the by election be held.

      Comment by Awaken Dayak — May 31, 2017 @ 9:25 PM | Reply

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