LAST_UPDATEMon, 25 Jun 2018 11pm

'Salang For Minister' Call Grows

SIBU: More Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) loyalists and supporters are urging Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to appoint Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang as a minister.

Salang, who is also PRS vice-president, was recently appointed deputy minister of tourism but he declined that offer.

Party supporter John Lalong said Salang had all the while been known to Julau constituents as a hardworking and committed elected representative.

“The Ibans, especially in Julau and other rural areas, are hoping that he would be given the full minister’s post.

“Now, we can hear people talk in coffee shops and everywhere asking why he did not get the post,” he claimed yesterday.

John, who said he is a close friend of Salang, added that many people in Julau were frustrated when they heard the announcement by Najib on the new federal cabinet line-up on May 15.

He said they had expected Salang to become a minister.

“I received many calls from those in Julau and other places asking about the same thing not long after the announcement.

“They also told me they are sad Salang was not given a full minister’s post when he duly deserves it after all his hard work for the people.”

Another party supporter, Edwin Bandang, said Salang had done very well as an MP and had the respect of his constituents.

“He is one experienced, educated and farsighted leader.

“If he is appointed a minister, he would be the link for us in the central region with the federal government since none of the elected representatives in the central region area is holding full ministerial post in the cabinet line-up.”

Meanwhile, about 900 members of PRS Bukit Assek voiced similar hopes for Salang.

PRS Bukit Assek chairman Duli Sanggau said it was high time Salang be given a more challenging role given his nine years of experience as deputy energy, water and communication minister, deputy minister of foreign affairs and his last portfolio as deputy minister of information, communications and culture.

“Therefore, we request that this matter be reconsidered and Salang be given any full ministerial post.”

- The Borneo Post