No surprise as same old faces sighted in PRS candidate list

Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Oct 22: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) will contest in all its 11 allocated seats as the party does not expect to field any new candidates in the coming State Election.

PRS deputy president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said in case of any last minute changes to the party’s candidates, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will make the final decision.


“We do not expect any new faces. We do not intend as such but the final say will lie with the chairman of GPS,” Salang told DayakDaily.

Presently, the incumbents for PRS-held seats are Balai Ringin (Datuk Snowdan Lawan), Bukit Begunan (Datuk Mong Dagang), Batang Ai (Datuk Malcom Mussen Lamoh), Ngemah (Alexander Vincent), Tamin (Christopher Gira), Kakus (Datuk John Sikie Tayai), Pelagus (Wilson Nyabong Ijang), Baleh (Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing), Belaga (Liwan Lagang), Murum (Kennedy Chukpai Ugon) and Samalaju (Datuk Majang Renggi).

Salang said the party had submitted its candidate list about a year ago and the party election machinery is all set for the coming State Election.

“We will be contesting in all 11 seats. Our candidate list which was decided long time ago has already been submitted to GPS chairman.

“We were talking about the election over a year ago, since late last year, so it is nothing new. We are ready for this election that may be called anytime,” said Salang, who was formerly Julau MP.

On whether he may be contesting, he said in jest that there was no seats for him to contest in.

“But if the chairman of GPS (Abang Johari) gives me a seat, then I will contest,” said Salang, in an uncommitted manner. — DayakDaily