KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) deputy president Jerip Susil has left the party with immediate effect. He will remain an Independent.
The Mambong assemblyman said he decided to leave after consulting the people and supporters in his constituency.
“It has been a painful decision for me but it has to be made as I am fully aware and convinced that only Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) under the leadership of Abang Johari (Openg) has the vision, commitment and programmes to bring development and progress to our rural constituencies,” he said today.
Susil said his decision was also made based on the greater interest of the Bidayuh unity.
“I can then contribute toward solidifying and consolidating Bidayuh unity within the Sarawak government,” he said, pledging his support to Abang Johari in leading the state.
PSB has its origins in the United People’s Party, a splinter party of the predominantly Chinese Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
SUPP is a component party of GPS, along with Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Progressive Democratic Party.
Although PSB is not part of GPS, its president, Wong Soon Koh, was appointed as Sarawak’s second finance minister while Susil is the assistant transport minister.
In May, it was reported that PRS president James Masing wanted Wong and Susil to be dropped from the state administration.