Hornbill Unleashed

September 6, 2017

Julian not defending Stampin in parliamentary polls — Chong

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

Stampin MP Julian Tan Kok Ping will not be defending Stampin in the next parliamentary election.

This was confirmed by Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen, who said the one-term MP had informed the party of his intention.

“Julian Tan will not be contesting in the next (parliamentary) election as he has decided to retire from politics and focus on a career in science and technology,” he said at a press conference yesterday when asked to comment on rumours that Tan would not stand as a candidate in this election.

In the last parliamentary polls, Tan won with a majority of 18,670 votes – defeating long-term MP Datuk Yong Khoon Seng and Lina Soo of STAR.

Asked if the party had already identified a new candidate to replace him (Tan), Chong who is also state DAP chairman, replied: “Yes, it will be one of my special assistants.”

When pressed further to disclose if the new candidate would be Dr Kelvin Yii, who was also present at the press conference, he simply said: “Just wait and see.”

On a related matter, Chong said the seat negotiations among the three component parties of the opposition pact, Pakatan Harapan (PH), in Sarawak had long been settled.

“We have settled this from as early as last year, so it is not an issue,” he said, adding that DAP would be contesting in the same number of seats as contested in the last parliamentary election.

“We will stick to that arrangement.”

The last parliamentary election saw the state DAP winning five out of 11 seats it contested, whereas the state PKR lost in all 14 seats. PAS, which was then part of the state Pakatan Rakyat (PR), also lost all the five seats it contested.

For the next parliamentary election, Chong – also PH Sarawak chairman – said the opposition coalition here would comprise DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

“I speak on behalf of PH Sarawak that PAS is not part of us. They can come in for three-cornered fights during the election if they want to,” he said.

Source : The Borneo Post Online




  1. Majority of rural Sarawak voters have better understanding on the concept of two party system. Most also understand how federal issues and policies affect all Malaysians including Sarawak and Sarawakians. The real battle is really between Pakatan Harapan and Umno Baru controlled BN. Mosquito parties like PBDS Baru, STAR, PAS and PPP are inconsequential.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — September 6, 2017 @ 6:51 PM | Reply

  2. PAKATAN Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad is confident the opposition coalition can win half of the 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah at the 14th general election.

    He said Sabah and Sarawak have become very strong territorially.

    “They have expressed dislike for domination by peninsular political parties.

    “If we go there, it will look as though we are trying to dominate them and we don’t want that, we want to work together.

    “We have in Sabah a party which is very supportive of us. At this moment, I think we can win half the number of the parliamentary seats in Sabah,” he said at a town hall session titled “Charting our future” at Yayasan Perdana in Putrajaya.

    Sarawak was slightly different, said Dr Mahathir, as it had always liked to be on the winning side.

    Comment by Hattan — September 6, 2017 @ 6:30 PM | Reply

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