Dr Jerip is free to join any party he chooses — Masing

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, July 12: Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, who quits Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) yesterday, has full freedom to join any political party he saw fit.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said the Mambong assemblyman, who was also PSB deputy president, can afford the freedom of movement in a democratic country like Malaysia.

“He has full freedom of movement and he is taking advantage of the freedom.  Where he is heading to, I don’t know but I wish him all the best,” said the deputy chief minister when commenting on this latest political development.

Dr Jerip, who is also the state Assistant Transport Minister, tendered his resignation from PSB with immediate effect.

According to a press statement issued by the assistant minister, the reason of his sudden resignation was due to the confidence he has on Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to bring development to rural constituencies.

PSB, formerly known as United People’s Party (UPP), is not part of the GPS coalition, although the party declared itself as GPS-friendly.

Dr Jerip also expressed support to GPS president and chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, for his initiative to protect Sarawak’s rights and interests.

He also explained that his decision was for the greater interest of the Bidayuh unity.

When asked if Dr Jerip quitting PSB would affect the party in any way, Masing predicted that there might be some serious implications, considering that Dr Jerip was the number two in the party. — DayakDaily