This is Foochows' country.
This town was founded in 1900 by a Foochow from China, a Mr Wong Nai Siong who was given the right by the White Rajah to set up settlement for his clan.It has the highest concentration of Foochows in Malaysia and predominate the population in Sibu.
The parliamentry seat is presently under BN.The late Robert Lau has held the MP seat since 1990 defeating DAP's candidate at every elections since then.The chart below shows the results of past elections.
|1990||Robert Lau (SUPP)||11,914||54%||Ling Sie Ming (DAP)||9,906||45%|
|1995||Robert Lau (SUPP)||15,317||56%||Wong Ho Leng (DAP)||10,472||38%|
|1999||Robert Lau (SUPP)||23,227||60%||Wong Sing Nang (DAP)||14,085||37%|
|2004||Robert Lau (SUPP)||20,501||54%||Wong Ho Leng (DAP)||17,161||45%|
|2008||Robert Lau (SUPP)||19,138||53%||Wong Ho Leng (DAP)||15,903||44%|
DAP many attempts to wrestle the seat from BN failed.In March 2008, while the wind of change blew profusely in Peninsula Malaysia, the political storm did not reach Sarawak.
BN's Robert Lau polled 19,138 votes giving him a majority of 3,235 votes against DAP's Wong Ho Leng. Both DAP and PKR from Pakatan Rakyat fielded candidates and lost.DAP last won the seat in 1982.
DAP will be announcing the name of its candidate today.The BN has settled on Robert Lau Hui Yew, a cousin of the late Robert Lau and son of the wealthy and influential Lau Swee Nguong, Chairman of KTS group, a conglomerates headquartered in Sibu.
With backing of the KTS group, its influence and business tentacles, DAP would have to put up a good fight to capture the seat once again.
BN has the edge.
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