KUCHING - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak will be in Saratok tomorrow to shore up support for Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Tan Sri William Mawan in the May 5 polls.
Mawan is having a tough time in Saratok, after a few hundred SPDP members resigned to protest against his candidacy as they favoured incumbent Jelaing Mersat, the deputy transport minister.
Jelaing and other party leaders have stayed away from helping in the campaign, prompting Mawan to issue a warning to them that they would be sacked for not rendering support.
Najib, who is the Barisan Nasional chairman, is scheduled to address a political gathering at the Saratok waterfront in the morning.
Mawan, who was also the minister for social development, is facing Sarawak PKR vice-chairman and Krian state assemblyman Ali Biju and an Independent Datuk Abang Roselie Abang Paleng, a former state election director, in the hotly contested Saratok seat.
A statement issued by the state information department yesterday said, Najib will also go to Lubok Antu, another hot seat, to support incumbent William Nyallau. Najib will address the people of Lubok Antu at the Merindum Oil Palm Scheme.
Nyallau, who is from Parti Rakyat Sarawak, is having Sarawak Workers' Party candidate Larry Sng and human rights activist Nicholas Bawin Anggat of PKR for company in Lubok Antu.
Political observers say that the fight for Lubok Antu is very keen.
Najib will fly to Kuching in the afternoon where he will attend a leader-meeting-people session at SK Kampung Haji Baki and officiate at the opening of SJK Chung Hua No 2, Stutong Road, both within the Stampin parliamentary constituency.
The two events are to shore up support for Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng who shelved his retirement from politics after he was asked by Najib to defend Stampin.