KUCHING, June 8: Lubok Antu MP Jugah Muyang needs a platform to develop the constituency and Parti Raykat Sarawak (PRS) is one that will serve the purpose.
This is the view of PRS women chief Datuk Seri Doris Brodie who hinted that Lubok Antu is traditionally allocated to PRS and that PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing has the prerogative to decide on the candidacy of the area in any election.
“In his recent statement, he had mentioned that Lubok Antu is a rural area and it needs the government’s support to develop it. It is for that reason that he is now pledging his support for Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government.
“Based on that, it seems to me that Jugah is making an ‘intelligent’ move. However, Jugah has yet to find a platform if he is still keen to assist the people of Lubok Antu towards further development,” said Doris, who is also political secretary to the Chief Minister.
“Lubok Antu constituency, on the other hand, is traditionally a seat allocated to PRS. Our PRS president had earlier expressed that PRS has no qualm in welcoming Jugah’s return to PRS and he (PRS president) had in fact reiterated that it would be easier for the party leadership to decide on who to nominate as candidates for all the PRS allocated seats in the coming PRU15 (15th general election),” she added.
Doris said it has been interesting to note Jugah’s political moves and development.
“He had stood as an independent candidate in the last PRU14 after having quit as a PRS member and later opted to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) which was part of the federal (Pakatan Harapan) government then.
“As I vividly remember, he had been the chairman of PRS Pujut Division in Miri before transferring his membership to Engkilili PRS Division prior to the PRU14,” said Doris.
She believed that Jugah left Pakatan Harapan because it is no longer the ruling government and disassociated himself with the former ruling coalition.
On June 5, Lubok Antu MP Jugah Muyang resigned from PKR and throws his full support to PN government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassin.
In a five-paragraph press statement, Jugah also pledged his support for the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to lead Sarawak.
“With this, I would like to announce that I’m leaving PKR with immediate effect and becomes an independent MP whereby I will fully support the PN federal government and the GPS government at the state level,” said Jugah.
He stressed that his decision to leave PKR is in line with his political agenda to bring development to his constituents in Lubok Antu.–DayakDaily.