By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, July 11: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) deputy president Datuk Dr Jerip Susil has tendered his resignation from the party with immediate effect.
Dr Jerip who is also Assistant Transport Minister in a press release said the reason was because he has confidence in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to bring development to rural constituencies.
“I have come to this decision after consulting the people and supporters in my constituency.
“It has been a painful decision for me. But it has to be made as I am fully aware and convinced that only GPS under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has the vision, commitment and programmes to bring even better development and progress to our rural constituencies.
“I am very confident our people will benefit a great deal through the GPS government’s Rural Transformation Programme (RTP).
“The RTP is about bringing better infrastructure to rural areas and bringing in socio-economic programmes to help the people have better standard of living,” said Dr Jerip in a statement dated July 10.
The Mambong assemblyman also expressed belief that Abang Johari is committed to protecting Sarawak’s rights and he would stand solidly behind the latter in his struggle.
“Our Chief Minister is steadfastly and committedly protecting Sarawak’s rights and interests. We need to stand solidly behind him in his struggle.
“It is our belief that only the GPS government can unite Sarawakians to allow them to do their parts in this.
“As such, we all must show solidarity in facing the challenges ahead and in giving our strongest support to Abang Jo.”
Dr Jerip also stressed that he made the decision for the good of Bidayuh unity.
“My decision too is in the greater interest of Bidayuh unity.
“I can then contribute toward solidifying and consolidating Bidayuh unity within the Sarawak government. I pledge my fullest support to the chief minister in continuing to lead Sarawak,” said Dr Jerip.
Dr Jerip could not be reached for further comment. — DayakDaily