KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) respects the decision made by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) in accepting Mambong assemblyman Datuk Dr Jerip Susil into its fold, said PRS information chief Datuk Wilfred Nissom

“Although PRS had made its stand during the time of Tok Nan (the late Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) about the movement of state assemblymen between the parties, we respect the principle of freedom of association,” he explained when contacted yesterday.

“Therefore we wish Dr Jerip all the best,” he added.

Nissom also said that Dr Jerip’s move “can’t be bad for the community”.

Meanwhile, during PBB’s Supreme Council meeting yesterday, its president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also the chief minister, decided to accept Dr Jerip’s application based on a unanimous decision.

Dr Jerip, the Transport Assistant Minister, became partyless after he resigned from Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) on July 12. However, he was retained as a member of the state’s administration when Abang Johari announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Aug 22. SUPP president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, when contacted, had briefly said, “The person can leave but the seat remains with SUPP”.