KUCHING, Jun 21 – Sarawak PKR member Bill Kayong who contested in the May 7 state election was shot dead this morning near the Emart One-Stop shopping mall in Senadin, Miri. PKR Communications Director Fahmi Fadzil had confirmed and informed the media about Kayong’s death, and that the party will be releasing an official statement soon.
Its Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How confirmed the death and told reporters in Sarawak the party’s dinner function scheduled for tonight is now cancelled. According to PKR’s official twitter account, Kayong was gunned down at 9am. Meanwhile, the Borneo Post reported that the shooting took place at a traffic light intersection at the Kuala Baram bypass.
“His pick-up truck which bears the party logo was shot through the driver’s side window and he was reportedly shot once in the neck,” the daily reported. The Borneo Post also noted that Kayong was an advocate of social issues in the state, especially on native customary rights issues, which he brought up in his campaign.
His death came a day after he commented on a social media posting by a Brunei citizen criticising the presence of churches along main roads in Miri. In the recent Sarawak state election, Kayong contested in the Bekenu seat against Barisan Nasional (BN) direct candidate Rosey Yunus and two independents. BN won by with a majority of 6,009 votes.