YB Datuk Billy Abit Joo vs YB Tan Sri James Jemut Masing
Masing to Abit: What are you up to?
Posted on September 4, 2012, Tuesday
KUCHING: PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing is puzzled as to why Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Billy Abit Joo set up his own service centre in Kapit last weekend after knowing he has not been nominated by the party to defend the seat in the coming general election.
Masing alleged that ever since Abit helmed Hulu Rajang 22 years ago, he had never helped to finance the party’s branch headquarters in Kapit town.
“I can’t understand why he has finally decided to set up his own service centre in Kapit town when we already have our party branch headquarters there.
“And why only now has he decided to do so when his name is not nominated by the party to defend the seat?” questioned Masing, when asked to comment on Abit’s opening of his service centre in Kapit over the weekend.
Abit was also reported to have set up service centres in Belaga and Sg Asap.
“What he is trying to do now is too little too late. The decision has been made that he will not represent the party in the coming general election. And the least he should do is to use our party office in Kapit instead of operating solo.”
PRS Baleh branch deputy Youth chief Johnny Osman said Abit setting up his own office in Kapit had surprised him as he had never set up such a centre in Kapit.
“He surprised me because he is only setting up his office when he is not re-nominated by the party to defend the seat. Is this not an act of defiance of the party’s instruction? It could even be an act of disobedience to the party leadership.”
Johnny added as a senior party leader, Abit ought to explain to the people of Hulu Rajang why he was doing what he did (setting up his service centre).
“He should put party interest above personal interest, especially since he is a senior member of the party.”
PRS has nominated Masing’s private secretary Wilson Ugak Kumbong to replace Abit for the upcoming 13th general election.
Ugak was a political secretary to the chief minister for 15 years prior to his present appointment.
Besides being a deputy chairman to Masing in PRS Baleh branch, Ugak is also a member of the party’s supreme council.