KUCHING: Sarawak Barisan Nasional will field direct candidates in three of the 11 new seats in the coming state election.
Miro Simuh will contest in Serembu, John Ilus in Bukit Semuja and Datuk Gerawat Gala in Mulu.
All three were PBB members who have resigned in order to stand as direct candidates. Miro and Gerawat left the party yesterday while John resigned several years ago.
State Barisan chairman Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who announced the names at a press conference yesterday, reminded that those nominated as Barisan direct candidates would have to resign from their respective parties in order to contest.
“They can decide later which party they want to join, provided they still have loyalty to Barisan and which party supports them the most in their campaign,” he said.
Adenan did not rule out the possibility that some of the direct candidates could join PBB after the elections, potentially giving the party more than the 40 seats it said it would contest.
What was important was for Barisan to win more than 40 seats, he added.
Other direct candidates announced earlier include Datuk Dr Jerip Susil and Dr Johnichal Rayong from UPP and Rosey Yunus from Teras. UPP and Teras are the breakaway parties of SUPP and SPDP respectively.
Both parties had previously insisted that their leaders selected as direct candidates would not resign from their parties.
Asked whether any direct candidates had already resigned, Adenan said some had done so.
“Some haven’t, but they will before nomination,” he said.
He also announced eight more PBB candidates for the polls – Datuk Idris Buang (Muara Tuang), Awla Dris (Simunjan), Shafiee Ahmad (Daro), Datuk Dr Juanda Jaya (Jemoreng), Mohd Chee Kadir (Kabong), Jefferson Jamit Unyat (Bukit Goram), Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz (Kalaka) and Datuk Ambrose Blikau (Katibas).
Abdul Wahab and Ambrose are incumbents while the rest are new faces.
Gerawat is a 59-year-old Orang Ulu lawyer.
He declined to say which party he would join after the elections, adding that the important thing was to win.
Miro, 40, said he was familiar with the Serembu constituency as he had served there for more than 10 years.
Awla, 54, was surprised at being chosen as a candidate but said he had spent over 25 years in politics.
Mohd Chee, 63, said he planned to upgrade the basic facilities of the area, including water supply.