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Report: GPS to fight PN-friendly Sng for Julau in general polls

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Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing

KUCHING (Mar 4): Government-friendly or not, independent Julau MP Larry Sng, who recently quit PKR, will not be given a free pass by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the next general election.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing has vowed to reclaim the Julau seat, Malaysiakini reported today.

“PRS has six parliamentary seats, we will contest all six seats,” he said in a text message to the news portal.

He also maintained that Sng would not be readmitted into PRS after he was sacked from the party for insubordination in 2007.

“You fool me once, shame on you. You fool me twice, shame on me. PRS will not be tricked twice. PRS will not accept Sng and his gang,” he said.

At the same time, Masing hoped Perikatan Nasional (PN) party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, would honour its pledge not to take part in the state election or field candidates in Sarawak for the next general election.

He said this in reference to the Saratok and Puncak Borneo parliamentary seats won by PKR’s Ali Biju and William Mongin, who later defected to Bersatu.

In the report, GPS secretary-general Alexander Nanta Linggi also confirmed that PRS will be contesting in the seat.

“When we were brought in to form PN one year ago, as far as GPS is concerned, our president Abang Johari Openg made a stand that GPS will contest in all our seats,” he told Malaysiakini.

Contesting as an independent candidate in Julau in the 2018 general election, Sng had defeated the incumbent PRS deputy president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum in a straight fight. Sng had garnered 10,105 votes against Salang’s 8,174 votes.

Following his victory, Sng joined PKR and early last year, became the party’s state chief after Selangau MP Baru Bian quit the party. Sng exited PKR last weekend and has signed a statutory declaration in support of the PN government.

Sng told Malaysiakini today that he was undecided on whether to defend Julau as an independent candidate or under another party logo in the next general election.

“I will cross that bridge when I get there. Right now, my top priority is fulfilling my promises to my constituents,” he said.

However, he said he and his group would not contest for state seats if the state election is called.