Chong (right) rated DAP and Barisan Nasional as each having an equal chance of winning in Stampin. — Picture by Sulok TawieKUCHING, April 19 ― Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen could go for the Stampin federal seat instead of defending Bandar Kuching in the 14th general election (GE14) on May 9.
“There is a possibility. Until it is formally announced, any change (of seat) is possible,” he said to reporters today.
”The main consideration is to maximise our chances to win over as many seats in Sarawak as possible as this will involve a change in the federal government, and our goal is to change the government,” he said, when asked about the possible change of seat to Stampin.
He rated DAP and Barisan Nasional as each having an equal chance of winning in Stampin, a semi-urban seat with 66,342 registered voters.
Chong, who is also the Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman, said DAP’s Lim Kit Siang will officially announce names of the candidates to contest in Stampin, Bandar Kuching as well as Mas Gading, Serian and Bintulu at a political gathering in Batu Kawa on April 23.
He declined to say if Dr Kelvin Yii, who was last month announced as the DAPs’ candidate for Stampin, will go to Bandar Kuching, instead.
Chong also would not say if if Edward Andrew Luak, the party branch chairman for Serian, will be fielded in Serian and Modi Bimol, state DAP Youth chief, in Mas Gading.
Incumbent Julian Tan Kok Ping will not be defending Stampin, which he won in the 2013 general election.
The party has already named Oscar Ling to stand in Sibu, Alice Lau in Lanang, Wong Bin Biu in Sarikei and Paren Nyawie in Kapit.
Ling, Lau and Wong are all incumbents while Paren stood in Katibas in the 2016 state election, but lost to Datuk Ambrose Blikau of Barisan Nasional.