Woman nominee for PRS senator post

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: It is likely the long-vacated senatorial post allocated to Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) will be taken up by a female leader.

PRS president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said he submitted the name of a female nominee to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last year to fill the post.

“PRS has sent (the name of) a woman senatorial nominee to the Prime Minister last year. We are hopeful that our nominee will be accepted soon.”

“She is to replace Dato Sri Doris Brodie who had completed her senatorial term in March last year,” Masing who is also the Deputy Chief Minister told The DayakDaily today.

It has been 18 months since Doris left her appointed post as a senator in the Upper House where she was also the Deputy Speaker.

Doris was a member of the Senate from 2010 to 2016. Upon returning to the state, she was appointed as political secretary to the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, due to the long overdue appointment, there has been much speculation among the party members on the reasons for the delay in appointment and even more on the candidate to fill up the post.

Among the senior leaders in PRS, publicity chief Datuk Wilfred Nissom has been seen as most likelu to be joining the Senate after Doris.

However, with Masing’s latest disclosure that the party’s nominee is a woman, it means Nissom is out of the picture.

It has been Masing’s intention to increase women representation within the party. That has been why there are fierce rumours that Lubok Antu MP Datuk William Nyalau Badak may be replaced by a female candidate in the coming parliamentary election.

All current PRS elected representatives including 11 state assemblymen and six parliamentarians are all men.