PRS to drop “worst performing MP” to pave way for a woman candidate for GE14

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

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KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak will drop one of its “worst performing MPs” to pave the way for the party to field a woman candidate in the forthcoming general election.

“I’m seriously looking at a possible woman candidate,” PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Masing told reporters at Chief Minister Abang Johari’s raya open house at the Borneo Convention Centre in Kuching today.

Masing said it was only fair for the party to field a woman candidate as women account for 50% of the party’s membership.

“The least we could do is to give them one. We have to recognise them.

“If I don’t, I would be in trouble. Unless the BN gives me a new seat, one of the incumbents will be dropped,” Masing, who is also the state’s second deputy chief minister said.

He would not disclose who faces the axe when pressed but rumours on the political grape vine has it that the two-term Lubok Antu MP, William Nyallau Badak, is set to be chopped.

PRS has six MPs, including Nyallau.

They are Deputy Home Minister Datuk Masir Gujat (Sri Aman), former Deputy Minister for Information, Communication and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum (Julau ), Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang (Kanowit), Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun (Selangau), Wilson Ugak Kumbong (Hulu Rajang) and Nyallau.

Masing only last week had confirmed that Masir will defend his Sri Aman seat leaving five others to mull their political future.

“The election is still a long way off and I am still looking at the performance of my six MPs,” was all Masing would say when asked who could be dropped.

He described his MPs’ performance as “standard” with the majority having “performed on par” in general.

He said no one had performed exceptionally well.

Confident that PRS will again win all the six seats, Masing said he believed the general election could be in April next year.

“The BN have quite a few problems to solve first”. –