Chong stays tight-lipped on Padungan rumour

Chong Chieng Jen

KUCHING: Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (Sarawak PH) chairman Chong Chieng Jen is not saying if he will defend his Kota Sentosa seat in the 12th state election.

Talk is rife that Chong, a three-term incumbent for the seat since the 2006 state election, may contest the Padungan seat in this outing.

“I’ll announce when the time comes,” he replied to a question during a press conference here on Thursday (Nov 25).

In the last state election in 2016, Chong, who is also the state DAP chairman, retained Kota Sentosa with a 2,819-vote majority in a straight fight with Barisan Nasional (BN)-SUPP’s Wilfred Yap Yau Sin.

He had before that retained the seat after beating BN-SUPP’s Datuk Alfred Yap Chin Loi, Wilfred’s brother, by over 4,000 votes in 2011.

Meanwhile, Wilfred in an interview on Wednesday said he was prepared to face off with Chong again in this election.

“I’m now ready and eager for the opportunity (from GPS) to face Chong again in Kota Sentosa.

‘I’ve been working non-stop on the ground since the day of my election defeat to Chong.”

He expressed strong belief that this time around the voters in the seat would make a careful evaluation of the track record of DAP  in Kota Sentosa where development has been lagging compared to other seats held by GPS.