Entulu among five expelled from PRS with immediate effect

KUCHING, April 23: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) deputy president Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun has been sacked from the party for refusing to abide by its selection committee’s decision not to renominate him to contest in Selangau for the 14th General Election (GE14).

Also sacked were Lubok Antu incumbent Datuk William Nyalau Badak, supreme council member Edward Kurek, Nyempah Sabot and Adriana Chumang Nyambong.

The decision to sack them was made during a special task force meeting at the party’s new headquarters here chaired by its president Tan Sri James Jemut Masing on Sunday night.

Masing shows the letter from the party addressed to Entulu.

Entulu, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and incumbent Selangau MP, and Nyalau were found to have rebelled against the decision of the party’s candidate selection committee to replace them by claiming they were the Barisan National (BN) candidates for their respective seats.

Edward, Nyempah and Chumang were found to have been in cahoots with Entulu in misleading constituents and also in disrupting the unity and functioning of the party.

“The decision of the taskforce is final and cannot be challenged in court,” said Masing who pointed out that the forming of the task force is in accordance with the party’s constitution.

​Masing (third right) flanked by the party’s new candidates Robert (left) and Rita (right). Also seen from the left are Ulu Rajang incumbent Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, Sri Aman incumbent Datuk Masir Kujat and Julau incumbent Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum.

Asked on the vacant deputy president post after the expulsion, Masing said they will hold an extraordinary supreme council meeting to fill the post.

“We can do that anytime, no rush,” he said.

He announced the party has selected former magistrate Robert Pasang Alam to contest in Lubok Antu and lawyer Rita Insol in Selangau in the coming GE14.

“Work has to be done to make things run smoothly. Preparing for the GE14 is what is important now,” he said. — DayakDaily