Senadin rep Lee Kim Shin denies contesting in GE14

MIRI: Senadin state assemblyman Lee Kim Shin has denied speculation that he will contest as Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidate for the Miri parliamentary seat in the coming polls (GE14).

Lee, who is Sarawak assistant tourism, arts and culture minister, said he wanted to focus on and fulfil his responsibility as the elected representative for Senadin, one of the three state constituencies under the Miri parliamentary seat.

“I have no intention of being a state assemblyman and, at the same time, an MP,” he told reporters here today, adding that this was his personal stand on the matter.

Lee, who is SUPP vice-president and Miri parliamentary seat operations director, expressed hope that BN would field a candidate for the seat, but said he would leave it to the party leadership to decide.

“Let the new face be a BN candidate this time, and hopefully we can add a BN seat in GE14,” he said.

He also said it was better to have a BN elected representative at parliamentary level to work on developing Miri.

Speculation has been rife that Adam Yii Siew Sang or Erick Chin will be nominated as BN’s candidate for the Miri parliamentary seat.

Miri, which includes the state seats of Senadin, Piasau and Pujut, was once a BN stronghold but was wrested by PKR’s Michael Teo in the 2013 general election.

It has a total of 80,386 registered voters.

The May 9 election will only involve Sarawak’s 31 parliamentary seats as the state held its last state election in 2016.

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