BATANG AI, March 23 – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) today picked former five-term Lubok Antu MP Jawah Gerang for the Batang Ai by-election.
He will face Malcolm Mussen from Barisan Nasional in the state seat contest.
Nomination day is March 29 and the by election is April 7, together with by-elections forthe Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat and Bukit Selambau state seat.
The outspoken Dayak politician was first elected to the Lubok Antu seat in a by-election in early 1990. He was returned unopposed in the general election the same year, and again in the 1995 elections.
In 1999, he beat David Jemut of Parti Keadilan Nasional.
The Universiti Malaya economics graduate and former supreme council member of the de-registered Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) was forced to relinquish the seat in the 2008 general elections as it was given to former native court judge William Nyallau Badak of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), which he did not join as he was at odds with its president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing.
He beat Nyallau, who stood as an independent candidate, with a majority of 2,035 votes in 2004.
PKR names Jawah Gerang for Batang Ai