Saturday, August 24

Rayong let down by non-appointment of PSB members as councillors

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Dr Johnical Rayong Ngipa

KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) Youth chief Dr Johnical Rayong Ngipa said he was disappointed with the state cabinet decision to leave out PSB members from the appointment of councillors in local councils.

The Engkilili assemblyman said: “In that case bring back the process where councillors get elected. Just like it was in the past. Moreover that would be democratic.”

When asked about the resignation of PSB deputy president Datuk Dr Jerip Susil from PSB, Rayong said he was saddened by this latest episode besieging his party.

“That (the resignation) only goes to show his (Dr Jerip’s) type of political principle,” he said.

Rayong, who is also vice president of the party, however, believes Dr Jerip’s resignation would not dampen the spirit of solidarity of party members as it could be “a blessing in disguise”, though he did not elaborate.

Dr Jerip, who is Mambong assemblyman and Assistant Transportation Minister, delivered his resignation letter to the media through a press officer of Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Just on Wednesday, Dr Jerip posed for a group photo with PSB leaders by interlocking their arms to show that party leaders were united and would swim or sink with the party.

The letter was sighted by the media hours after a state cabinet meeting yesterday. However at press time Dr Jerip could not be reached for comment.