KUCHING: SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Hian believes he has a fighting chance in Stampin despite being up against a three-term MP, Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen.
With just 24 hours to go before polling, Sim told a press conference here that his confidence had been boosted by the favourable response from the people.
He said although he had entered the Stampin race as an underdog, after nine days of campaigning he felt he had a real chance to wrest the seat from the opposition.
“I think the voters in Stampin understand SUPP’s main message of ‘Sarawakian First’ better now. My team and I have worked very hard on the ground, and the people have been warm and cordial towards us,” he said.
He added that the May 9 election was about fighting for the rights of Sarawak and its people, and nothing else.
“This election is not about Prime Minister Najib Razak or Dr Mahathir Mohamad. It is about standing up for our rights and ensuring that those rights are respected, not ignored or suppressed.”
If given the mandate, he said, SUPP would see to it that the people of Sarawak and their future generations would never be bullied again.
Chong, meanwhile, told the audience at a ceramah here last night that he would leave it to the people to judge his performance as the Bandar Kuching MP over the last three terms.
“My record is an open book. I have done my very best to serve the people as their MP. I have nothing to hide,” he said.
Chong first won the Bandar Kuching seat in the 2004 general election and successfully defended it in 2008 and 2013.
This time around, Bandar Kuching, which is considered a safe seat for the opposition, will be contested by Chong’s party colleague Dr Kelvin Yii, with Chong himself moving to the “grey” seat of Stampin.
Stampin was won by DAP’s Julian Tan in 2013. However, Tan did not seek re-election.
At this point, analysts believe Chong has a slight edge over Sim in the Stampin seat.
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