Masing’s nephew retains Baleh for GPS with 1,909-vote majority

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) logo (file photo)

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Dec 18: It took 3,541 votes for the late Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing’s nephew Nicholas Kudi Jantai to retain the N64 Baleh seat which was previously held by his uncle.

The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) newcomer won with a majority of 1,909 votes over his nearest rival Koh Kumbong of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), who only garnered 1,632 votes.

The other two candidates in the race for one of the most watched seats by political pundits were Kenneth Usang George of Democratic Action Party (DAP) who got 470 votes and Sukarno Layau of Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK), who only obtained 82 votes.

Both Kenneth and Sukarno lost their deposits.

The N64 Baleh constituency, a predominantly Iban area, was represented by the late Masing from 1983 until his demise on Oct 31 this year after he was hospitalised due to Covid-19 complications. — DayakDaily