Kuching: Azizul Annuar Adenan, son of the late Sarawak Chief Minister (CM), Adenan Satem, has been named as the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidate for Tanjung Datu in the upcoming 12th Sarawak state election.

Azizul 30, has pledged to continue his father’s legacy in Tanjung Datu if he wins the seat.

The late Adenan who was fondly known as Tok Nan was the fifth Sarawak CM, passed away in January 2017 due to heart complications and his widow, Amar Jamilah Anu, won the seat in the by-election.

Speaking to Bernama after the official letter of candidacy presentation on Friday (03 Dec), Azizul said he aims to continue developments in Tanjung Datu through the existing state’s development vision and action plan.

“Tanjung Datu is an area where its geography is larger than Negri Sembilan and I could see room for improvements in basic infrastructure besides turning the constituency into a potential tourism hub especially in the southern zone,” said Azizul who holds a degree in economics from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.

Azizul was among the young candidates, featured by GPS in the forthcoming state election on 18 December, whereby the candidates are described as pioneers to the future politics of Sarawak.

Adenan, who formerly represented Barisan Nasional (BN), defended the seat for three consecutive terms and proved his influence when he managed to get hold of 72 out of 82 seats in the 11th Sarawak state election.

GPS comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) (formerly known as Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) left BN following the coalition’s defeat in the 14th general election (GE14).

The four parties then formed GPS on 12 June 2018 and led the Sarawak state government.

Another new GPS candidate, 33-year-old Dayang Noorazah Awang Sohor, described her candidacy as proof of the coalition’s top leadership’s trust in the ability of women candidates.

Contesting for the first time, she was confident of defending the Lingga seat, which was previously held by Simoi Peri.

Adding on further, she said, although the new campaign standard operating procedure (SOP) due to the COVID-19 pandemic might be rigorous, that would not deter her to convey her aspirations to her voters.

Meanwhile, William Mawan Ikom, who is among the oldest candidate for GPS, has been named to defend the Pakan seat.

William, 72, said his aim was not solely on developing fundamental infrastructure in Pakan but also to provide accessibility for the people in the district to develop their socio-economy through sectors like agriculture.

He said Pakan must be developed in tandem with the proposed developments within Sarawak and suggested the need for rural transformation in the state.

GPS has announced the names of its 82 candidates in the coming election with nearly 30 per cent of the candidates, or 24 people, being first-timers. – New Malaysia Herald

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