Parti Sarawak Bersatu in no hurry to replace deputy president

Parti Sarawak Bersatu president Wong Soon Koh says Dr Jerip Susil’s resignation will have little effect on the party. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Wong Soon Koh says the presidential council committee will decide whether it is necessary to fill the deputy president’s post.

Although the committee could meet at any time, he said it was unnecessary for now because the party had a number of vice-presidents and senior leaders who could perform the duties left by former deputy president Dr Jerip Susil, who quit on Thursday.

Wong said the party was preoccupied with other matters and the issue of Susil leaving was not considered important.

“His departure does not affect the party’s function in any way,” he told FMT.

Susil had announced his resignation from the party on Thursday, following the cutting of funds for minor rural projects and the rural transformation programme for PSB’s elected representatives since April.

The Mambong assemblyman said he decided to leave after consulting the people and supporters in his constituency.

He said his decision was made in the greater interest of Bidayuh unity, and he pledged his support for Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.