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Law Hieng Ding May Contest For Sarikei Seat
Last update: 09/07/2007

SARIKEI, July 9 (Bernama) -- Former Science, Technology and Environment Minister Tan Sri Law Hieng Ding might re-consider his earlier decision not to stand in his Sarikei constituency in the coming parliamentary election.

A report front-paged in local English daily "The Borneo Post" today quoted the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) deputy president as saying at a function here yesterday that he was not happy with the many conflicting reports made by his party's leaders as regards to his likely successor.

He said he had made known his decision to step down early as he had wanted to give the grassroot leaders an opportunity to observe and evaluate potential candidates and later inform the party leadership their choice.

Law, 72, however, regretted that certain quarters did not like his plan and had chosen to do things their own way.

As a result, he said, both the Bintangor and the Sarikei branches had came up with their own choice of candidates for the seat.

Law said that he would seek the advice from the ground before making his final decision.

He claimed that many Chinese and Iban community leaders had openly appealed to him to defend his seat.

Law started his political career in 1972 and has held the seat for the past six terms.

He had served in numerous capacities including as a parliamentary secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.

He was then made deputy minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment for two terms before becoming its full minister from 1990 until 2004.