BINTULU – Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS)’s fourth Triennial Delegates Conference saw Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun re-elected as deputy president.
Entulu, 62, who had held the post since 2006 defeated former Federal Information, Communication and Culture deputy minister and party vice president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, 66.
Soft-spoken Salang who is Julau Member of Parliament was initially seen as frontrunner in the contest.
Political observers made such speculation as he is aligned with party president and Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing who was returned unopposed as party president.
Entulu expressed his thanks to the delegates who had voted for him and described the party election results as a strong message from grassroot delegates on who they wanted to retain as their MP, come GE14.
“It means that all six PRS MPs should be retained as candidates for the coming general election unless any of the incumbent declines to be renominated,” he told Bernama when contacted.
Besides the deputy president’s post, five slots for vice president were contested with two state assistant ministers and a federal deputy minister among the winners.
The five new vice presidents are River Transportation and Safety Assistant Minister Liwan Lagang, Arts and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk John Sikie Tayai, Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat, Bukit Begunan assemblyman Datuk Mong Dagang and Belaga assemblyman Majang Renggi.
Meanwhile, Balai Ringin assemblyman Snowdan Lawan won uncontested as new PRS youth chief, replacing Liwang Lagang who had exceeded the age limit.
Former Dewan Negara deputy-president Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie also retained her post as Women wing chief, uncontested.