Friday, May 7, 2010

It's a 3-Cornered Fight In Sibu

It’s a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional's candidate Robert Lau Hui Yew, DAP's Wong Ho Leng and independent Narawi Harun in the Sibu Parliamentary by-election.

Barisan's Robert lawyer Lau Hui Yew, who is the Sibu SUPP assistant treasurer, 45, is defending the predominantly Chinese urban seat following the death of Deputy Transport Minister and five-term Sibu MP Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew on April 9.

Sarawak DAP chairman and Bukit Assek assemblyman Wong Ho Leng, 50, contest against Hui Yew.

Independent candidate Narawi Haron, a retired serviceman, join the fight and make the Sibu parliamentary by-election three-cornered fight.

Narawi, a businessman now, worked with the National Registration Department for a year, and then joined the army, where he served for 10 years before becoming a Rela officer.

In the 2008 general election, Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew retained the Sibu seat with a 3,549-vote majority, beating Ho Leng and Lim Chin Chuang of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in a three-cornered fight.

Sibu has 54,695 voters, comprising 52,158 ordinary voters and 2,537 postal voters made up of 1,910 military and 627 police personnel.

According to the electoral roll, updated as of April 9 this year, Chinese voters make up almost 67 per cent of the total number of voters, followed by Malay/Melanau (10.5 per cent) and Sarawak Bumiputeras (22 per cent).

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