KUCHING, Dec 30: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) has announced today that the party will contest in all the seven urban and semi-urban seats in Kuching for the upcoming 12th Sarawak Election.
The seats are N.11 Batu Lintang, N.9 Padungan, N.10 Pending, N.12 Kota Sentosa, N.13 Batu Kitang, N.14 Batu Kawa and N.17 Stakan. Party president Voon Lee Shan, who is a lawyer by profession and a former Batu Lintang assemblyman, revealed that he will be tackling Batu Lintang.
Senior chemist and property developer Raymond Thong will contest in Padungan, while aquaculture consultant Siaw Min Kin (Pending), senior software engineer executive Lue Cheng Hing (Kota Sentosa), senior electrical and electronic engineer Chai Kueh Khun (Batu Kawa), Wong Tun Teck with experience in quarry and mining industry (Batu Kitang) and senior construction engineer (oil and gas) and former air force officer David Tiong (Stakan).
Voon emphasised that the decision to contest in all the seats was made after careful assessment of public acceptance of the party’s presence in the past six months of campaigning in these constituencies. “This careful assessment was made because of fear of splitting votes of voters who are in favour of voting Sarawak to exit from the federation of Malaysia.
“Parti Bumi Kenyalang received much encouragement from the people whom party campaigners met during campaigning. The public prefer Parti Bumi Kenyalang to lead the fight for Sarawak independence over any other political parties and individuals.
“The reason for public preference of Parti Bumi Kenyalang over others was because the party has clear strategies and directions on how to bring Sarawak free and independent from the Federation of Malaysia if the party captures the Sarawak government,” he said in a statement today.
Voon added that the public preferred independence by way of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) over referendum as promoted by some individuals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and parties. “This is because UDI is a more practical and fast strategy for exit from Malaysia “For the Sarawakian public we met during our campaign, 57 years of Malaya’s domination, suppression and oppression in Sarawak is too long and it’s time to exit. The union with Malaya is no more meaningful,” he stressed.
With such encouragement, Voon hopes political parties and individuals who want to fight for Sarawak independence to rally behind PBK in the coming State Election so that votes will not be split.