KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing revealed he has renominated incumbent Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang as the parliamentary candidate for Kanowit in the pending general election.
Masing who is at Ulu Sungei Ngemah, Kanowit, said he could make the announcement because he had received letters of support from Ngemah assemblyman Alexander Vincent and Machan assemblyman Allan Siden Gramong.
The Kanowit parliamentary seat consists of the two state constituencies Ngemah and Machan.
“These are the two state assemblymen representing the two state constituencies within the Kanowit parliamentary area.
“PRS only announces our choice if the assemblymen in its respective area give the party their letters expressing their support for the incumbent MP to be renominated,” said Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister.
Masing so far has announced PRS nominations for four out of the six parliamentary seats allocated to the party. They included Aaron Ago for Kanowit, Datuk Joseph Salang for Julau, Datuk Masir Kujat for Sri Aman and Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong for Hulu Rajang.
The party’s nominees for the seats of Selangau and Lubok Antu have yet to be announced.
Selangau presently is held by Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun who is also PRS deputy president and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department while Lubok Antu MP is Datuk William Nyalau Badak.
Rumours swirling around the party suggested that Masing has been considering fielding two new faces for the upcoming general election where one of them will be a female candidate.
Meanwhile, Masing who is also Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister also announced the proposed 17km-long road connecting the Jagau Resettlement to Nanga Simujan.
The road which will be built at a cost of RM50 million was approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the 2016 State Election when the latter visited Kanowit.
Simujan was the original home for the Jagau resettlers who were requested to relocate during the communist emergency time in the 70s.
“Now, peace has been attained and these settlers want to go back to their original home.
“It is the government’s responsibility to resettle them back in their original home to repay the sacrifices they made in the 70s. The plan to return to their original home has received the blessings from the prime minister,” said Masing.