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Friday, 20 April 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Three-cornered battle expected in Sungai Besar, Sekinchan and Sungai Panjang

THE Sekinchan state seat will potentially see newcomer architect Lee Yee Yuan from Barisan Nasional taking on three-term DAP candidate Ng Suee Lim.

Unlike previous general elections of straight fights, this time PAS is likely to contest in the predominantly Chinese community.

While acknowledging he may be comparatively young at 29, Lee does not lack self-confidence, and says the people of Sekinchan have the option to choose a new assemblyman.

Ng won the seat, which is in the Sungai Besar parliamentary constituency with a majority of 2,239 votes in the 2013 general election against Barisan’s Kek Seng Hooi.

Lee is a new face in the political scene in Sekinchan but his local roots give him a winning chance.
Lee is a new face in the political scene in Sekinchan but his local roots give him a winning chance.  

As of Nov 30 last year, there were 9,661 or 53.5% Chinese voters in Sekinchan, 7,879 or 43.63% Malay voters, 431 or 4.39% Indian voters, 19 Sabahans, nine Sarawakians, two orang asli and 63 categorised as others. As of April 10, voter number has increased to 18,101.

The name from PAS that has been talked about to contest in Sekinchan is Fadzlin Taslimin. He did not deny nor confirm when asked by StarMetro, saying “Wait for the announcement.”

PAS’ presence in the polls might throw a wrench for Pakatan Harapan as a three-corner fight would break up votes and this could work in favour of Barisan.

Ng said a three-cornered fight would pose some concerns.

Ng makes an effort to get to know constituents.
Ng makes an effort to get to know constituents.  

He was however, more worried about Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Yunos’ antics.

In December, Jamal was quoted in an online portal as saying that he would ensure Ng lost his seat and the seat would return to Barisan.

Ng said the fate of Sekinchan should be decided by actual constituents, adding that the contest would be difficult and challenging but if voters returned home to vote and the Malays in the rural areas supported him, he stood a chance.

Meanwhile, Datuk Imran Tamrin from Barisan is expected to contest the Sungai Panjang seat, while PKR is likely to send a candidate, according to sources. It will also be a three-cornered fight as PAS is expected to contest as well.

According to sources, Barisan’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi was likely to contest again in the Sungai Besar parliamentary seat but Budiman said he was unsure.

Asked about him being one of the potential mentri besar candidates for Barisan as reported recently, he denied it saying that he preferred to serve at the constituency level.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and PAS are expected to be contesting for the seat as well.