By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, June 20: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said Independent Lubok Antu Jugah Muyang has a chance of a “possible nomination” as its future candidate if he joins the party.
A such, he hoped that Jugah would consider joining PRS as Lubok Antu has been traditionally allocated to PRS.
“We have invited him (to join PRS) and let him decide. But our rule is very simple. Lubok Antu is PRS’ kawasan (seat). Only PRS members can be nominated as a candidate for Lubok Antu,” he said after chairing PRS supreme council meeting at PRS headquarters here today.
He added, however, that the chief minister would have the final say.
Recently, Jugah had told DayakDaily that he had indeed received an invitation to join PRS but that he would prefer to remain Independent until “he crosses the bridge” in due time.
“Yes, I have received invitations to join GPS but as for now I would rather remain Independent, but support the PN (Perikatan Nasional) Federal Government and the GPS State Government, until such a time.
“For now, we will cross the bridge when we come to it,” Jugah told DayakDaily when contacted recently.
He reiterated that what was important was to bring development to his people in Lubok Antu which is still behind in many physical developments especially road, electricity and water.
“I was elected as an independent, so for now (after leaving PH) it’s better to leave it that way,” he stated.
In particular, the first-term MP revealed that he had received a letter from PRS to join the party as the seat had been traditionally held by it.
In the 14th general election, Jugah won the Lubok Antu seat in a three-cornered fight against BN-PRS candidate, the late Robert Pasang Alam and PKR’s Nicholas Bawin Anggat with a majority of 1,059 votes. —DayakDaily.