Datuk Nelson Balang Rining

KUCHING: The former Ba Kelalan assemblyman Datuk Nelson Balang Rining said he will leave it to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to decide whether or not to nominate him to stand in the upcoming 12th state election.  

Balang, who is also Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) secretary-general, said it all depended on Abang Johari.

“If he (Abang Johari) wants me (to stand in the election), then I will. If not, I can’t.

“The question is whether you are a winnable candidate or not. That’s all. I cannot say I am as it all depends on the chief minister,” he told reporters after receiving his appointment as the new LAKU Management Sdn Bhd chairman at LAKU office in Miri today (July 6).

Balang last won the Ba Kelalan by-election following the death of its assemblyman Datuk Dr Judson Sakai Tagal in a helicopter crash.

He also won against Baru Bian in the 2006 state election.