It is now confirmed that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate for the April 7, by-election in Batang Ai is former Member of Parliament for Lubok Antu Jawah Gerang (pic).
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, who visited Lubuk Antu over the weekend, made the announcement in Kuching this morning.
A graduate in Economics from the University of Malaya, Jawah, 55, had worked with a bank in Kuching.
He was recruited by the defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) for the Lubok Antu parliamentary by-election on 3 and 4 April 1987 when the incumbent MP Andrew Janggi Muyang died following a road accident.
He won with a thumping victory and continue to retain the seat for four more terms.
Jawah is contesting the state seat of Batang Ai in a by-election, which is part of Lubok Antu parliamentary seat, following the death of the incumbent Datuk Dublin Unting Ingkot.
The Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate is agriculture engineer Malcolm Mussen Lamoh from Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS). His candidacy was announced by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmod last Saturday.
In the 2006 State elections, Dublin (BN) won the seat when he polled 3,295 votes, 806 more than the 2,489 votes garnered by SNAP's Nicholas Bawin Anggat.