KUCHING: Sarawak Assistant Transportation Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil has resigned from Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) today, with immediate effect.
The announcement came a day after PSB president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh’s public assurance that the party would “remain strong and united”.
It is learnt that "PSB failed to get consent" from the four component parties under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) alliance, hence, couldn't be accepted into the fold.
Dr Jerip, who is also the Mambong assemblyman said while it was “painful” decision to make, as he was aware that GPS under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg would be able to bring better development and progress to rural constituencies.
He added his decision to leave the splinter party was also in the greater interest of the Bidayuh community.
“I can then contribute toward solidifying and consolidating unity among the Bidayuh within the Sarawak government.
“I pledge my fullest support to the chief minister in continuing to lead Sarawak.
“I have come to this decision (to quit PSB) after consulting the people and supporters in my constituency,” he said in a statement here today.
GPS is made of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Parti Demokratik Progresif (PDP), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
UPP was formed in 2014 after Wong and several leaders quit Sarawak United People’s Party following a leadership dispute. The party was rebranded as PSB early this year.
When contacted, PSB secretary general George Lo said the party had yet to receive any resignation letter.