This blog tonight received unconfirmed reports that the chief minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, is said to have rejected the sole nomination of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) for the Batang Ai by-election.
PRS president, James Masing had on 4 March submitted one name only as its nominee for the by-election to the chief minister for his “consideration”.
The Prime Minister and his Deputy had also been notified.
What Masing should have done was to say that “this is our man” and whether Taib Mahmud approves or disapproves is immaterial.
It was Masing’s mistake to give Taib the sole authority to consider its nomination. Using that given authority, Taib was forced to make a decision and his decision was to reject the nomination.
He has, however, asked Masing to submit a number of names for his consideration.Is it possible that Alfred Jabu’s list of nominees including an engineer with a private company and a senior civil servant may be considered? - The Broken Shield