Karim: Jugah defected because his constituency needs federal, state funds

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (Malay Mail Pic)

By Chew Lip Song

LUBOK Antu Member of Parliament Jugah Muyang defected to Perikatan Nasional (PN) because his rural constituency needed the support of the state and federal governments for developments.

PBB vice-pesident Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah said this shows Jugah understands the needs of the people in in Sarawak’s interior, The Malay Mail reported.

He also welcomed Jugah’s pledge to support Gabungan Parti Sarawak in the state.

“Further, Jugah’s resignation from PKR yesterday is a big slap in the face of its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for steamrolling his way on who should be the party leaders in Sarawak,” he added.

Jugah, in his statement on Friday, pledged full support to the PN federal government under Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and GPS under Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.

He also cited internal squabbles among the component parties, which led to the collapse of the PH federal government, as a reason for leaving PKR.

Jugah, however, said he would become an independent MP after leaving PKR.

He stood and won as an independent candidate in the 2018 general election, beating candidates from PKR and Barisan Nasional.

After the general election, he joined PKR and early this year, he was appointed PKR vice-president for Sarawak and Sabah, replacing Saratok MP Ali Biju who left PKR in February.

Karim, who is also the state tourism, arts and culture minister, said Jugah’s resignation from PKR to give support to Muhyiddin, PN and GPS is a big blow to PH leaders.

“Over the last one week, we heard lots of rumours about GPS MPs going to jump over to PH and make up the numbers for Anwar to be the prime minister, claiming that were already 130 MPs with him.

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