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KUCHING: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak announced its first batch of 18 candidates and the seats they will contest ahead of nomination day on

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KUCHING: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak announced its first batch of 18 candidates and the seats they will contest ahead of nomination day on Dec 6.

DAP Sarawak chairman, Chong Chieng Jen announced the party’s batch of 18 candidates at a press conference held at the party headquarters here yesterday (Nov 26),

DAP, a member of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition which also comprises Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Amanah, will contest in 26 seats with PKR contesting in 47 seats and Amanah (nine).

The DAP candidates are as follows:

Tasik Biru – Granda Aing (newcomer)
Mambong – Chang Hong Siong (newcomer)
Kedup – Laerry (newcomer)
Bukit Semuja – Brolin Nicholsion Benedict Achung (newcomer)
Simanggang – Leon Jimat Donald
Repok – Philip Wong Pak Min (newcomer)
Meradong – Yong Siew Wei
Bukit Assek – Irene Mary Chang Oi Ling
Pelawan – David Wong Kee Woan
Pelagus – Solomon Kumbong (newcomer)
Bukit Goram – Joseph Jinggut
Baleh – Kenneth Lagong (newcomer)
Tanjong Batu – Tony Chiew (newcomer)
Kemena – John Bryan
Samalaju – Tonny Ung (newcomer)
Piasau – Peter Hee Leh Keng (newcomer)
Pujut – Alan Ling Sie Kiong
Senadin – Marcus Hugo (newcomer)

Irene Chang and David Wong are incumbents in their constituencies, while Tanjung Batu incumbent Chiew Chiu Sing will be replaced by his son, Tony Chiew.

Chong said the rest of the candidates will be announced at a later date.

“There will be eight more candidates to be announced; out of the eight, six are in the Kuching area namely Pending, Padungan, Kota Sentosa, Batu Kawah, Batu Kitang and Stakan.

“For strategic reasons we will wait for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidates to be announced first, particularly for Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP). We will adjust our candidates in these six constituencies accordingly because our candidates in these areas can be interchanged and seats can be swapped.

“As such, I will withhold the full announcement of candidates until GPS announces its candidates,” he explained.

He said the other two seats are Dudong and Bawang Assan in Sibu; of which both are Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) seats.

Chong pointed out that the party has yet to come up with a decision on these two seats following numerous unsuccessful negotiations with PSB.

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