Dr Jerip Susil leaves it to CM to decide his candidacy

Datuk Dr Jerip Susil – Picture from Berita Harian

By John Isaac

THE incumbent for Mambong state constituency Datuk Dr Jerip Susil says he leaves it to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to decide whether he would defend his seat in the next state election.

Dr Jerip’s candidacy is a contentious issue as he left Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) under which he won the Mambong seat to defend the seat as a Barisan Nasional (BN) direct candidate in the last election.

According to the Borneo Post, after winning he joined United People’s Party (UPP), which later changed its name to Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).

However, he left PSB to join Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) last year. This resulted in Mambong, which traditionally is a SUPP seat, being held by PBB under the seats allocation of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), the state’s ruling coalition.

As SUPP has already declared it would not give up Mambong, GPS is now faced with the conundrum of who to field in Mambong in the next state election.

However, Dr Jerip said the GPS coalition partners must rise above the seat allocation and unite in the state election.

“It’s not so much the issue of wanting to defend your seat per se, in terms of wanting to be the candidate.