Little-known Peace Party makes debut in Sarawak

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KUCHING: The Peace Party (People’s Alliance for Justice of Peace), registered in 2013, is making its electoral debut in Sarawak in the 14th general election (GE14).

However, its founder and president Julian Petrus Jout is not contesting but two Sibu women have stepped forward to be the Peace Party’s first standard bearers.

Julian said he registered the party to be a third force in Sarawak after leaving PBB, where he was an active member in Bau years ago.

On fielding its first two candidates in Sibu, Julian said it was due to the favourable response from the people in central Sarawak.

The two women contesting on the Party Peace ticket are Priscilla Lau, a lawyer, and businesswoman Jamie Tiew.

Lau, 49, will stand in Bandar Sibu while businesswoman Jamie Tiew, 48, is going for the Lanang seat.

Both are facing an uphill battle in three-way contests with BN and DAP. The incumbents, Oscar Ling (Bandar Sibu) and Alice Lau (Lanang) are from DAP.

BN is fielding Andrew Wong for Bandar Sibu and Kelvin Kong for Lanang. Both are from SUPP.

Priscilla contested the Palawan state seat in the 2016 state election on the Sarawak Reform Party (Star) ticket and garnered only 595 votes.

Jamie is a first-timer.

Priscilla said they were contesting as they want to fight for the full return of the state’s autonomy, as provided under the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

She said that the Peace Party comprises a group of true Sarawakians who have formed the United Borneo Alliance (UBA) with Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB), United Sabah Alliance, Sabah People’s Hope Party, and Sabah United Party.