SIBU, Dec 5 — Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh today announced 69 candidates who will contest under the party’s ticket in the 12th State Election.
Speaking at a press conference here, he said the remaining one or two candidates will be announced tomorrow because of technical reasons.
“We have about 70 (candidates) and out of the 70, about 10 are ladies (candidates),” Wong said.
The party’s five candidates in Sibu are Wong himself who will be contesting in Bawang Assan, Wong Hie Pieng (Dudong), Dr Low Chong Nguan (Pelawan), Andrew Ting (Bukit Assek) and Intanurazean Wan Sapuan Daud (Nangka).
Wong also announced the new five-member Sibu visionary team to be led by himself. The other members of the team are Hie Ping, Dr Low, Ting, and Intanurazean.
The rest of the PSB candidates announced are:
1. Opar — Datuk Ranum Mina
2. Tasik Biru — Datuk Dr Tekhee @ Tiki Lafe
3. Pantai Damai — Mahmud Sabli
4. Demak Laut — Yatika Jelani
5. Pending — Tan Kay Hok
6. Batu Lintang — See Chee How
7. Kota Sentosa — Datuk Dr Lau Pang Heng
8. Batu Kitang — Liu Thian Leong
9. Asajaya — Ishak Buji
10. Muara Tuang — Yakup Khalid
11. Stakan — George Young Si Ricord Junior
12. Serembu — Iana Akam
13. Mambong — Sanjan Daik
14. Tarat — Dadi @ Tiap Juul
15. Tebedu — Cheyne Kambeng @ Raymond Achen
16. Kedup — Dominic Dado Sagin
17. Bukit Semuja — Elsiy Tingang
18. Sadong Jaya — Nur Khairunisa Adbullah
19. Simunjan — Raily @ Reli Ali
20. Gedong — Mohamad Sofian Fariz Sharbini
21. Lingga — Datuk Wan Abdillah Edruce Wan Abdul Rahman
22. Balai Ringin — Datuk Masir Kujat
23. Bukit Begunan — Norina Umoi Utot
24. Simanggang — Walsin @ Wilson Entabang
25. Engkilili — Dr Johnical Rayong Ngipa
26. Batang Air — Datuk William @ Nyallau Badak
27. Saribas — Melainie Bolhassan
28. Layar — Isik Utau
29. Bukit Saban — Andria Dundang @ Andria Gelayan
30. Kalaka — John Antau Linggang
31. Krian — Musa Dinggat
32. Kabong — Wan Mohamad Madehi Wan Ali
33. Semop — Abdul Raafidin Majidi
34. Meradong — Hii Ru Yee
35. Pakan — Hereward Gramong Joseph Allen
36. Meluan — Elly Lawai Ngalai
37. Ngemah — Dr Joseph Jawa Kendawang
38. Machan — Madang Dimbab
39. Tellian — Sait Junaidi
40. Balingian — Yusuf Abdul Rahman
41. Tamin — Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun
42. Kakus — Peter Tuan
43. Pelagus — Datuk Kristoffer Nyuak Bajok
44. Katibas — Robertson Mawa Luat
45. Bukit Goram — Robert Segie
46. Baleh — Koh Kumbong
47. Belaga — Henry Usat Bit
48. Murum — Stanley Ajang Batok
49. Jepak — Dr Raba’ah Tudin
50. Tanjong Batu — Tang Eng Hui
51. Kemena — Dr Bernard Tahim Bael
52. Samalaju — Reggie Suel
53. Bekenu — Abu Bakar Amit
54. Lambir — Lila Mohamad
55. Piasau — Teo Jia Jun
56. Pujut — Bruce Chai Khim Cheong
57. Senadin — Lee Tze Ha
58. Marudi — Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran
59. Telang Usan — Jau Jok @ Jenggo
60. Mulu — Professor Dr Son Radu
61. Bukit Kota — Rosli Amat
62. Batu Danau — Ali Adap
63. Ba Kelalan — Baru Bian
64. Bukit Sari — Alias Mail
Wong said that PSB was not going for all 82 seats but not because the party does not have enough qualified candidates.
“We only make full use of our resources to concentrate on the more winnable seats,” he said.
He pointed out that PSB, being a local-based party with no affiliation with any Peninsular political party, is purely a party for Sarawak representing the people of Sarawak.
“Therefore, we are here to look after the rights of the people of Sarawak, particularly the rights enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“We are going to restore all the rights that have been eroded over the years, which rightfully belong to the people of Sarawak,” he said.
In this regard, he opined that PSB was in the best position to fight for such rights, as the party has no connection to any other political parties unlike Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Additionally, he mentioned that it should be the primary objective of the government is to take care of people’s livelihood at this critical time, particularly when inflationary rates keep rising.
On this, Wong shared how farmers in Sungai Bidut had voiced out to him during a dialogue that they were hard-pressed by the rising cost of production due to the increase in prices of fertilisers, weedkillers and other chemicals.
“They (farmers) said with the rising cost of production, they can hardly make ends meet let alone make some profit,” he said, adding that these were the sort of issues that require immediate attention from the government.
He also revealed that PSB’s manifesto will, among others, include child endowment and providing financial assistance to dilapidated longhouses should they form the next state government.
“Spending financial resources for the direct benefit of the people — People’s wish for a better life is what we are struggling for.
“It is our mission and vision,” Wong said. — Borneo Post