MIRI: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Entulu Belaun was tight-lipped over his next course of action following a news report that he would not get to defend the Selangau parliamentary seat in the 14th general election (GE14).
Asked about the report after a dinner organised by the Miri United Club last night, he replied: “When the time comes, I will call for a press conference.”
Entulu, 64, is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) deputy-president and has been Selangau MP for three terms, first winning the seat in the 2004 general election.
PRS president and Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Jemut Masing was reported earlier this week as saying that the Selangau and Lubok Antu parliamentary seats would see new faces contesting in GE14.
Masing also announced that the party would retain the incumbents for the Sri Aman, Julau, Kanowit and Hulu Rajang parliamentary seats.
Entulu came under the spotlight after the PRS fourth Triennial Delegates Conference held in Bintulu in 2016, where he was re-elected as deputy president.
Entulu had held the post since 2006 after defeating former federal deputy minister and party vice-president, Joseph Salang Gandum.
The soft-spoken Salang, who is Julau MP, was initially seen as the front-runner in the contest.
Salang was seen as a favourite after political observers believed he was aligned with Masing who had been returned unopposed as party president.
Immediately after winning the deputy president’s post, Entulu was quoted as saying that the party election results sent a strong message from grassroots delegates that they wanted their MPs in GE14 to be retained unless any of the incumbents declined to be renominated.