Monday February 25, 2008
Doc, lawyer and engineers to take on businessmen
GOPENG: A cardiologist, lawyer and two engineers from the opposition are taking on four Barisan Nasional candidates, all businessmen, in Gopeng.
Barisan candidate Datuk Ling Hee Leong , 39, and Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s Dr Lee Boon Chye, 49, are contesting for the Gopeng parliamentary seat.
Ling is a newcomer and replaces Barisan’s five-term incumbent Tan Sri Dr Ting Chew Peh.
Dr Lee, a cardiologist, lost to Dr Ting in 2004. Ting won by 14,788 votes in the last elections.
He said he has a 50:50 chance this time because he was better prepared.
Describing his contender as very academically qualified and friendly, Ling said he expected a good contest.
The Teja state seat will see a contest between PKR’s Chang Lih Kang, a 28-year-old engineer, and Barisan’s Yew Sau Kham, 54.
Yew replaces incumbent Datuk Dr Ho Wai Cheong.
Barisan’s Alex Chan Chin Chee, 51, who is the incumbent for the Simpang Pulai state seat, is being challenged by PKR’s Chan Ming Kai, a 28-year-old lawyer.
It is also a straight fight between Barisan’s Hamidah Osman, 47, the incumbent assemblyman for Sungai Rapat, and Radzi Zainon from PAS. Radzi, 37, is an engineer.
The Barisan candidates were accompanied by about 1,000 supporters – Dr Ting and Ling’s father Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, mother Toh Puan Ena Ling and MCA veteran Tan Sri Michael Chen among them – to the nomination centre here.
On his son’s candidacy, Dr Ling, who was a seven-term MP, said: “I enjoyed politics and serving the people and so does he.”
In Batu Gajah, the Barisan Nasional fielded a team of three men and a woman who will face the DAP team of three women and one man.
The Batu Gajah parliamentary constituency is made up of the Menglembu, Tronoh and Jelapang state seats.
Barisan’s lone woman candidate Christina Teoh Ai Ling will be facing the DAP’s Lim Pek Har in the Menglembu state seat while the DAP’s only male candidate, V. Sivakumar, will face Barisan’s Lee Kim Choy in Tronoh.
Fong Po Kuan is defending her Batu Gajah seat in a face-off with Barisan’s Cheah Yoke Can.