Ali Mahmud not seeking re-election


KUCHING: Stakan incumbent Datuk Amar Mohammad Ali Mahmud will not seek re-election in the coming 12th state polls.

This was confirmed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg who is Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman.

He said Mohammad Ali was among a number of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) elected representatives who would be making way for new faces in the state election.

“Several incumbents have confirmed their resignation such as Datuk Amar Michael Manyin (Tebedu), Datuk Amar Mohammad Ali Mahmud (Stakan) and Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz (Kalaka).

“This kind of spirit is what we want because they give way to new faces with the full spirit of one GPS,” he said at the launch of the GPS machinery on Sunday night.

Also present were Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing and Sarawak People’s Party (PRS) acting president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum.

Abang Johari said the decision by some incumbents not to seek re-election and make way for new faces was in the spirit of GPS camaraderie.

Separately, the chief minister said the state election had to be held as the mandate of the state government expired following the end of the five-year State Legislative Assembly (DUN) term back in June.

“We (Sarawak DUN) were in injury time (after the DUN period ended last June) and are just waiting for the time to decide on the ‘penalty kick’ on Dec 18,” he said.

Mohammad Ali won the Stakan seat in the last state election by a 7,042 vote majority, polling 8,820 votes against the 1,778 garnered by Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Leslie Ting Xiang Zhi.

Previously, the Stakan incumbent was the two-term state assemblyman for Muara Tuang.

One of the names rumoured to replace Mohammad Ali is Muara Tuang PBB deputy branch chief, Datuk Hamzah Ibrahim.

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