By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, July 29: Lubok Antu MP Jugah Muyang is not in the list of MPs who PKR’s central leadership is taking action against for defecting to other political parties.
When contacted, Jugah told DayakDaily that he was not in the list as he did not run on the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ticket in the last general election.
“I did not stand under the PKR ticket, so I have no liability towards the party.
“I stood as an independent candidate. I joined the party and then I left the party. They can’t do anything to me,” said Jugah.
PKR is demanding RM10 million each from Selangau MP Baru Bian, Seratok MP Ali Biju and Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin and other former PKR MPs who defected from the party.
According to PKR Sarawak chief Larry Sng, these MPs stood for election under the PKR banner to contest in the last parliamentary election and they agreed to pay such an amount in the case of defection.
The party has ordered its lawyers to take the necessary action to inform all the MPs who defected from the party.
Apart from Baru, Ali and Willie, all former PKR parliamentarians who had defected and joined other parties are expected to receive the letter of demand from PKR legal representatives.
Meanwhile, on his recent political movement, Jugah said he is still maintaining the same stand for the time being following his announcement that he was leaving PKR on June 5, 2020.
“I am still in the same position – I support the government of the day, both state and federal government,” he said.
On June 5, in a press statement, Jugah announced his resignation from PKR and his support for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and also for the Gabungan Parti Sarawak state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said his decision to leave PKR is in line with his political agenda to bring development to his constituents in Lubok Antu.
On the possibility of joining a new party since he is presently partyless and there have been invitations from all sides, Jugah said he will make the announcement when he needs to.
“I will announce it when I cross the bridge,” said Jugah. — DayakDaily