SUPP’s new face braces for tough fight

Jong Yean Pin

KUCHING: As a potential candidate, new face from the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Kuching branch, Jong Yean Pin, 48, knows it will not be easy for him at all to contest in the Padungan seat in the 12th state election come polling day on Dec 18.

His name was proposed by SUPP Kuching branch chairwoman and Padungan incumbent Datuk Lily Yong to wrest back the seat.

“As this will be my first time and I’m new, it won’t be easy for me at all and I will definitely need a lot more efforts,” said Jong who is also SUPP Kuching branch treasurer.

“But I am willing to take the challenge, since there is not a real representative who really fights for the welfare of the people and can improve Padungan in Kuching over the past 15 years.

“It’s time to pick the right candidate for the people who can serve them in the next five years. If voters continue to vote for the opposition party, I have nothing to say,” he told New Sarawak Tribune.

Padungan is traditionally the opposition DAP’s stronghold and its candidate Wong King Wei won the election during the 11th state election.

As to whether he is well-prepared since nomination day and polling day has been announced by the Election Commission (EC) to fall on Nov 6 and Nov 18 respectively, he said although it is being held during a pandemic, SUPP has also taken into consideration the decision made by the EC.

“The good thing is shortening of the election time … any unnecessary problems can be avoided.

“Under the new norm, the possible changes of the electoral system are also good,” Jong added.

During the last state election, the voter turnout for the Padungan constituency was 65.5 percent (22,301 registered voters).