Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: Elected representatives should stick to either being an MP or assemblyman – rather than be both at the same time, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

He said by juggling the job of being MP and assemblyman at the same time, the quality of their service as lawmakers would be sacrificed.

“We must discourage a person from holding the position of MP and ADUN (assemblyman) simultaneously.

“They can’t be that smart to be able to hold two positions successfully or capable of multitasking without sacrificing the quality of their work as lawmakers,” he said when contacted by New Sarawak Tribune on Thursday.

Masing was commenting on the stand taken by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to limit Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) leaders to just being an MP or an assemblyman rather than letting them do both.

Abang Johari, in an interview with New Sarawak Tribune on Monday said that he did not foresee any candidate from PBB to simultaneously become an assemblyman and MP simultaneously.

When asked whether Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) would adopt the same approach, Masing who is PRS chief said this had been a practice by the party.

“Yes. PRS will support one person for the parliamentary constituency and another for the state constituency. We have practised this understanding since time immemorial.

“As long as I can remember, this is what Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) and later PRS practised over the 37 years I have been representing Baleh,” he said.