John Brian probable DAP man in Bintulu

(Borneo Post) – Democratic Action Party (DAP) may field environmental consultant Dr John Brian Anthony as its candidates in Bintulu in the coming general election.

State DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen confirmed that John Brian was among the probable candidates except that nothing had been finalised just yet.

“As usual, the selection of candidates is determined by the Candidate Selection Committee but up till now, we have not met to discuss the matter,” he said.

He added that the committee, headed by State DAP chairman Richard Wong Ho Leng, would go through the list of potential candidates as soon as parliament was dissolved.

“At the moment, we are unable to name our candidates, not only Bintulu but also for other areas. One thing I can say is Dr John Brian is one of our potential candidates,” he said.

Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said this at a news conference in his party headquarters here yesterday which was also attended by Dr John Brian.

Responding to queries from the media, he (John) said he was fully prepared to contest in the coming election if given the chance.

“To clear the doubts among the people on the ground, I want to say here that I have officially joined DAP. I am now a committee member of DAP Bintulu branch,” he declared.

On his chances of winning Bintulu if nominated to challenge incumbent Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, he said their machinery was already there.

He said this was because in the state election last year, the total majority votes obtained by Barisan Nasional (BN) in Kemena and Jepak, two of three state seats in Bintulu was lesser than the majority votes obtained by the DAP in Kidurong.

“So to me, this is a good sign that the opposition can put up a good fight in Bintulu in the coming election,” he said.