Barisan Nasional Assemblyman for Batang Ai Datuk Dublin Unting Ingkot, passed away at a private hospital here at 1:25am Tuesday. The Sarawak Assistant Sports Minister and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) vice-president was in a coma since May after suffering a stroke.

The late YB Datuk Dublin Unting with his wife, Datin Froline Moriah Unting during the opening of the Dewan Undangan Negeri on 5th May 2008.

The late YB Datuk Dublin Unting with his wife, Datin Froline Moriah Unting during the opening of the Dewan Undangan Negeri on 5th May 2008.

In May 2006 state election, Dublin Unting retained the Batang Ai seat after beating challenger Nicholas Bawin from the Sarawak National Party (SNAP). Unting polled 3,295 votes against Bawin 2,489 votes. There were 7,997 registered voters in the Batang Ai constituency.

His remains would be taken to his uncompleted new house at Stutong here at about 2:30pm, according to Wilson Ugak, a political secretary to the Chief Minister. He leaves behind widow Datin Froline Moriah Dimies Impoi and three children.

Meanwhile, Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said by-election should be held for the Batang Ai constituency. This was because the Sarawak state assembly was only over two years old and according to the state constitution the assembly’s term ends in July 2011.

“Which means there are more than two years to go. So a by-election is necessary,” he told Bernama here.