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We have rules in BN, Masing tells Lagong

 | July 1, 2011

Independent assemblyman George Lagong may have to wait a little longer to be accepted into Chief Minister Taib Mahmud's political family.

KUCHING: It doesn’t look like Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president James Masing is going to make it easy for newly elected independent George Lagong to join Barisan Nasional.

Masing, it appears is still sore over losing Pelagus.

Following the April 16 state election PRS filed an election petition on May 20 to nullify the result in Pelagus.

Lagong beat PRS’s Stanley Nyitar by 2,837 votes. Masing alleged that Lagong’s win had much to do with money politics.

Lagong, Masing believes, is not as ‘independent’ as he claims. Lagong, is former Pelagus assemblyman Larry Sng’s uncle.

Larry won the seat in 2006 on a PRS ticket but a fallout with Masing in 2009 saw him sacked from the party for insubordination.

Since then Masing has thwarted young Larry’s every attempt to join other political parties within the Barisan Nasional fraternity.

Larry’s final attempt to stay in active politics came when he applied to be a ‘direct member’ of BN with the hope of contesting in Pelagus.

Not easy

But this too was rejected by BN chairman Najib Tun Razak, despite Larry’s ‘godfather’ Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s clout.

Observers have said that Masing had flagged ‘the BN spirit’ forcing Najib’s decision and Taib’s silence on the issue.

Yesterday Masing again put a spoke in Lagong’s aspirations to possibly join a BN party when he said: “For one to be accepted into the BN, all four state BN component parties must give their unanimous ‘yes’.

“That is the rule that we play by, otherwise you will open the floodgates for those who want to fight BN in the future election and join BN after winning.”

Touching on speculations that PRS was keen on Lagong, Masing said: “It’s not the question of welcoming him, it’s the question of the rules that we’re playing with.

“BN has rules to play with, and these are the rules we must keep in order to keep BN strong.”

“Otherwise, BN will not be as strong as it is now if we just simply break the rule according to our whims and fancies.

Lagong who has remained elusive since he got elected on April 16, threw his support behind the Taib-led administration and declared himself a BN-friendly assemblyman during the recent State Legislative Assembly sitting.

Whilst admitting to having many friends on both sides of the political fence, he said “my true political ideology is that I stand for my people.

“That is what I am elected for – to speak and fight for them,” he said.

Having said this, his surprise presence at  the BN Backbenchers Club dinner on Wednesday triggered speculations that he will be joining PRS.

His presence however did puncture rumours that he was tossing ideas of joining opposition PKR.

Waiting it out

Lagong, who Sarawak National Party (SNAP) has laid claim on, is however still evasive about his next move.

Sources say Lagong is in no hurry and may just bide his time much like colleague Johnical Rayong (Engkilili).

Rayong won the Engkilili seat in 2006 on a SNAP ticket and then declared his independence.

Rayong waited four year before he was accepted into BN-fold via Sarawak United People Party (SUPP) last September.

He retained his seat in the recent state elections much to the shock of many within SUPP.

SUPP was vanquished in the 2011 state polls losing 13 of the 19 seats it contested. Party president George Tan and several other luminaries also lost their seats.


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