Dyg Madinah Tun Openg elected Senator for second term
Borneo Post May 22, 2013, Wednesday
THE State Legislative Assembly has re-elected Senator Dayang Madinah Tun Abang Openg of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) for another term of senatorship yesterday.
Her second term officially begins on July 19 this year.
Her name was proposed by Dalat assemblywoman Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, who said Dayang Madinah’s election was based on her vast experience, performance and family background.
“Dayang Madinah has the capability and capacity to voice the aspirations of Sarawakians in general and women specifically. With her strengths, she will be able to provide an effective voice at the national level.
“Given another term, she will have more time to realise the aspirations of Sarawak,” she said.
She was seconded by Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (PBB-Bukit Sari).
The opposition nominated Andrew Lo Kian Nyan, who is well-known for his active involvement with Sarawak Bank Employees Union (SBEU) and Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC).
Lo was proposed by Ba’ Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian who is state PKR chief and seconded by Wong Ho Leng (DAP-Bukit Assek) who is state DAP chairman.
Dayang Madinah received 53 votes from all the BN representatives, while Lo received 17 votes from Pakatan Rakyat representatives and Sarawak Workers’ Party (SWP) representatives.
Dayang Madinah was first elected as a Senator in July 2010, replacing Dato Sri Empiang Jabu who stepped down after serving for two terms.