Monday September 24, 2012
PRS sticks by list because we know who can win, says Masing
By RINTOS MAIL
KUCHING: PRS has reiterated its determination to retain all its incumbents, except for Hulu Rajang.
Its president Tan Sri Dr James Masing said the party had submitted the list of names of its candidates to the top Barisan Nasional leadership and that list remained unchanged.
“The party is very consistent with its choice of candidates. We control the party and we know better who have the better chance of winning in the elections,” he said.
He said this in response to rumours circulating in Meluan and Pakan that Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang would be replaced as Barisan Nasional candidate in the coming general election.
It was reported that Salang too had scoffed such rumours saying, “It is common knowledge that my party has only nominated one name to defend each of its six parliamentary seats.
“As far as I know, mine is the only name he (Masing) has submitted to the Prime Minister to defend Julau, which I have represented for three terms,” he was quoted by Bernama recently.
Masing, who is Land Development Minister, said voters in all PRS parliamentary constituencies should not believed in rumours.
He said the party had submitted one candidate for each of the six seats to Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who are state and Federal Barisan chairman respectively.
“I have talked to both of them (Taib and Najib) about my list and they have no objection to any of the names, so there are no other names apart from the ones that I have submitted to them,” he said.
He said the party strongly believed that all the five incumbents were still its most winnable candidates.
Besides Salang the other incumbents PRS has retained are William Nyalau Badak (Lubok Antu) and Masir Kujat (Sri Aman), Datuk Joseph Entulu (Selangau) and Datuk Aaron Dagang (Kanowit).
It is said that PRS has nominated political secretary to the Chief Minister Wilson Ugak Kambong to replace Datuk Billy Abit Joo, who has been Hulu Rajang MP for more than 20 years.
Ugak is said to have been Abit’s polls manager in the last five elections.