JULAU, April 28: Julau will see a straight fight where Barisan Nasional-Parti Rakyat Sarawak (BN-PRS) Datuk Joseph Salang will be contending against independent candidate Larry Sng.
Salang who defended the seat for BN in the 2013 general election with a majority of 5,935 by garnering 9,891 votes, has been Julau MP since 1999.
After the last general election, he surprised many by declining to be appointed as a deputy minister. This had shocked many but at the same time, earned the respect of many.
This election, however, Salang may be facing a tough fight in form of Larry, once Salang’s comrade in the party. Larry was formerly PRS deputy president who was sacked in 2007 for insubordination.
Larry later formed Sarawak Workers Party and became its president. However, he resigned from the party and has since 2013 started to contest in PRS constituencies. He last stood in Lubok Antu in the 2013 general election.
He however, lost to the then BN-PRS candidate Datuk William Nyallau Badak who polled 8,278 votes against Larry’s 4,187 and PKR’s Nicholas Bawin Anggat who garnered 2,530 votes. — DayakDaily