KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth wing today slammed United People’s Party (UPP) Engkilili assemblyman Johnical Rayong for his unsolicited comments on PRS’ affairs.
The Youth information chief Andy Lawrence accused Rayong of crossing the line when he called on the Barisan Nasional leadership to re-nominate Datuk William Nyallau Badak to defence his Lubok Antu seat in the coming parliamentary election.
“He should focus his attention on serving the people of Engkilili, not meddling in the internal affairs of another party,” Andy said.
Lubok Antu is a traditional seat of PRS, representing the Barisan Nasional.
“Anyone who is not a PRS member nor in the Barisan family has no locus standi to nominate candidates for PRS or Barisan Nasional,” Andy said.
UPP is not a component party of the Barisan Nasional and its presence in the state government is based on the fact that it is a BN-friendly party.
Recently, Rayong claimed that he represented headmen of 27 longhouses in Batang Ai Hilir and Lower Skrang giving their support for Nyallau to defend the Lubok Antu seat.
He made the claim when addressing a gathering at Rumah Imau Sudin in Tanjong, Batang Ai Hilir.
“If any outsider is to be brought here, we are sorry for him or her. Maybe our local people are not that willing to support whoever that outsider is, wholeheartedly,” he said, referring to PRS Women chief Datuk Doris Brodie being rumoured to be one of the potential candidates to replace the three-term Nyallau.
It is learnt that the PRS leadership has yet to endorse Nyallau as the Barisan Nasional candidate, giving weight to the rumours that he could be dropped in the coming parliamentary election.
Among the incumbents who have been endorsed to defend their respective seats are Datuk Masir Kujat (Sri Aman), Datuk Wilson Ugak (Hulu Rejang) and Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum (Julau).
PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Masing was on record as saying that at least one of the six members of parliament from the party would be dropped. – dayakdaily.com