Will it be Robert Laing or Dennis Ngau for Telang Usan?
Posted on March 24, 2011, Thursday
MIRI: Two aspiring Kayan candidates are leaving it to BN party leaders to decide whether they would be picked to contest in Telang Usan in the forthcoming state election.
Incumbent Lihan Jok had announced on Monday that he would not be seeking re-election this time around as he felt that the predominantly Orang Ulu constituency needed a younger and more energetic person to serve it.
Following the announcement, speculations spread like wildfire that either political secretary to the Chief Minister Robert Laing Anyie or councillor Dennis Ngau would be the replacement.
When contacted by the Borneo Post yesterday, both of them said they would leave it to their party leaders to make a decision.
“My name was mentioned by the people in Telang Usan constituency. They want me to stand as the candidate,” admitted Robert, who added that he was not sure whether his name had been short listed by the party.
“The people down there felt that I would be the best candidate as I know the area well.”
Robert, who is also the PBB Telang Usan deputy chairman, said he felt honoured that there were people who wanted him to stand.
“I think I would stand a better chance as I’ve been active in politics and moving around Telang Usan for more than 20 years,” he added.
Robert said he is ready if picked by party leaders.
“I prefer to leave it to the party leaders. They are the ones who know the best to be fielded. I leave it to them to decide,” he said.
In 1996, Robert lost the seat to Kebing Wan who contested as an independent candidate.
Speculations about Dennis arose due to his positions as PBB Telang Usan Youth leader and a councillor of Miri City Council (MCC).
Asked whether it was true that he is Lihan’s nephew, Dennis replied: “I’m not his nephew. It happened to be that we come from same area (Long Bedian). Some people are thinking that we have a nephew-uncle relationship because of this.”
Dennis said his name was brought up by people on the ground.
“Whoever is picked to contest in Telang Usan, I hope he or she will be able to continue the development programmes that have been laid out by the Barisan Nasional through Lihan. It would be a big challenge as Telang Usan is as big as Pahang,” he added.
Words from the grapevine is that several individuals from the Opposition are keen to contest in Telang Usan. Among them are veteran politician Kebing Wan from SNAP, activist Harrison Ngau and a local leader Jok Ding. - Borneo Post