Masing: Salang to defend Julau seat in GE14


JULAU: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dr James Jemut Masing has reiterated that Julau MP Joseph Salang Gandum will defend his seat in the coming 14th general election (GE14).

Masing, who is also Sarawak deputy chief minister, said the state BN component party still needed Salang’s contributions.

Following his public endorsement on the matter, Masing expressed hope that the Julau voters would play their part once more in giving Salang, 67, PRS and BN their fullest support.

“PRS has no other name for Julau. There should not be any more confusion or individuals making an issue out of this.

“You all have always wanted Salang to be retained as the candidate.

“Now that I have agreed, the ball is in your court. Make sure you help him win handsomely,” he said at a meet-the-people session at Rumah John Okin in Nanga Meluan here today.

In the last general election, the four-term MP won with a 5,955-vote majority in a three-cornered fight against Wong Judat from Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) and Andy Wong Hong Yu of PKR.

On the request for the government to consider constructing the Sungai Kanowit/Mujok bridge which would open up more areas for development purposes, Masing said there had been a proposal to build the RM25 million bridge.

“I will have to look for the funds as this 120-metre long bridge will benefit about 4,000 people from 14 longhouses plus two schools and a health clinic,” he said.

At the event, he was accompanied by Salang, Assistant Industrial Minister Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, Kanowit MP Aaron Ago Dagang and Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira.