KUCHING: With the nomination and polling days for the 12th state election finally announced by the Election Commission, both the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and opposition camps have declared their readiness for battle.
SUPP Kota Sentosa branch chairman Wilfred Yap has indicated his readiness to do battle again for the Kota Sentosa constituency with his nemesis, DAP and Pakatan Harapan Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen who defeated him in the previous election.
“During the 11th state election for N12 Kota Sentosa, Chong defeated me by 2,819 votes where Chong obtained 10,047 votes against my 7,228 votes.
“I am now ready and eager for the opportunity from GPS to face Chong from DAP again in N12 Kota Sentosa. I have been working non-stop on the ground since the day of my election defeat to Chong,” Yap said while acknowledging that he has not been officially nominated to contest the seat.
Yap also acknowledged that for him to wrest Kota Sentosa can only be answered by the voters in the constituency in the coming 12th state election.
“However, I strongly believe that the voters in Kota Sentosa will make a careful evaluation of the track record of DAP in Kota Sentosa where development have been lagging behind compared to the other seats held by GPS.
“I strongly feel that it is only proper and the responsibility and duty of DAP to give the community of Kota Sentosa a good explanation for the lack of development,” he said.
Yap added that Chong should also produce his report card to the people of Kota Sentosa on what he has done for them in the past 15 years as the State assemblyman for Kota Sentosa.
“Suffice to say, that despite my defeat to Chong in the last state election, I have continued to assist and serve the community of Kota Sentosa on various maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure and public utility problems using whatsoever resources at my disposal.
“As a councillor of Padawan Municipal Council, I have tried my best to fight for the business communities and residents of Kota Sentosa,” he added.
Yap also said in his capacity as a lawyer and SUPP Public Complaints Bureau chief, he was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone facing problems or those who came across problems of public interest.
“I have assisted numerous individuals who have been unfairly treated not in accordance with the rule of law.
“Amongst the matters that I have assisted range from their problems with illegal money lenders, online scams, unfair dismissal, cheating, fraud, citizenship issues, false identity, banking, birth certificate, identity card, land encroachment/trespass, unlawful detention, human rights and issues with government departments and government linked companies,” he said.