Masing rejects proposal to loan candidates

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 23 Apr 2006

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) has shot down a “loan” of candidates proposal from its coalition partner Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) to contest two PRS seats. 

The proposal is that SPDP's incumbent Belaga assemblyman Stanley Ajang and Ngemah assemblyman Gabriel Adit re-contest in the two areas. 

Both assemblymen won the seats on a now-defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) ticket in 2001. 

It has been a Barisan Nasional agreement that PRS contest all the seats held by PBDS while SPDP would concentrate on Sarawak National Party (SNAP) seats. 

State Barisan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud made it clear on Thursday that PRS would get Belaga and Ngemah. 

PRS president Datuk Dr James Masing, who rejected SPDP's offer, said his party has credible candidates for all the nine seats, including Belaga and Ngemah. 

“The question of loaning candidates or swapping seats does not, therefore, arise,” he added. 

Dr Masing, also state Land Development Minister, said with the allocation of Belaga and Ngemah seats now settled, “we should concentrate on preparations to win the seats.” 

He was responding to SPDP’s president Datuk William Mawan's proposal to swap its Bekenu and Batu Danau seats for Belega and Ngemah with PRS. 

Mawan, state Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, said his party would still nominate Ajang and Adit as candidates as other parties might use them. 

“If they do not have a good ayam sabung (fighting cock), they can borrow ours.” 

Talks are rife that Taib will dissolve the state assembly next week to the pave way for the state elections.  

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