KUCHING — April 22, 2016: PKR today named candidates for 35 of 40 constituencies it plans to contest in the 11th Sarawak state election, with five others to be confirmed after discussions with the DAP.
Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), the splinter group from PAS that was formed last year, will take on the latter in five seats.
Baru Bian, the PKR chief for Sarawak, declined to name the constituencies yet to be decided but news reports identified them as Tasik Biru, Mambong, Bukit Semuja, Simanggang and Mulu.
DAP yesterday named the five constituencies as among the 30 that it would contest, with state chairman Chong Chieng Jen maintaining that the list was final and non-negotiable.
PKR yesterday received a blow when its state vice-chairman Boniface Willy Tumek quit the party after he was not nominated to contest in Tasik Biru.
Twenty-four of the candidates named today are new faces.
Baru will defend the Ba’ Kelalan seat. The other two PKR incumbents, See Chee How and Ali Biju, will again contest in Batu Lintang and Krian respectively.
Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub confirmed that the party will be taking on PAS in Samariang, Muara Tuang, Sadong Jaya, Sebuyau and Beting Maro.
“Amanah will also be contesting eight other seats and will field two women, in Samariang and Balingian,” Salahuddin told a press conference here tonight.
This is the list of candidates and seats Amanah will be contesting: Mohammad Fidzuan Zaidi (Demak Laut), Nani Sahari (Samariang), Abang Abdul Halil Naili (Muara Tuang), Othman Mustapha (Sadong Jaya), Rapelson Richard Hamit (Gedong) and Andrew Anak Jain (Sebuyau), Andri Zulkarnaen Hamden (Beting Maro), Jini Sahini (Kabong), Sufian Julaihi (Kuala Rejang), Fadillah Sabali (Semop), Ibrahim Bayau (Daro), Kiprawi Suhaili (Jamoreng) and Nurzaiti Hamdan (Balingian). — Bernama