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Saturday, April 16, 2016

STAR to field its first-ever woman candidate Priscilla in Pelawan

SIBU - The State Reform Party (STAR) has decided to field lawyer Priscilla Lau to be pitted against DAP’s David Wong and Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Kapitan Datuk Janet Lau in Pelawan this coming state election.

Priscilla, 47, is the party’s first woman candidate in the central region.

In her remarks during a press conference yesterday, she said her decision to contest was to fight for the rights of Sarawakians.

“We have, all this while, been unfairly treated by the federal government. We need to look into this great injustice and bring back our rights,” she told the media at the function attended by STAR’s candidates for Bawang Assan and Bukit Assek, Wong Sing Wei and Moh Hiong Kiong, respectively.

According to Priscilla, the Malaysia Agreement 1963 states that only two ministries — Foreign Affairs and Defence — are supposed to be under the federal government jurisdiction.

“However today, Sarawak only has full autonomy in Immigration.”

On her decision to contest, Priscilla said many of her friends were surprised by it. Further, she said her candidacy was not to be a spoiler, but as an alternative for voters.

“I want friends to cast ballots for me not for friendship sake; rather for the future of Sarawakians.”

Priscilla, however, expected tough fight in Pelawan, adding that she would do her best during the campaign period which would commence in Rajang Park.

Sibu-born Priscilla went to the United Kingdom at 15 for her studies and after 10 years there, she moved to Australia where she worked for five years.

She returned to the state in 1997 and set up a law firm. Her working experience includes being a legal advisor to a parliamentarian.

Priscilla spent six years to establish the Woodlands International School, aimed at ensuring that Sarawakian children would get good education. - BP

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