By Edward Subeng Stephen
JULAU, April 17 (Bernama) -- A big battle is quietly shaping up in the Julau parliamentary seat where a young Chinese contender from faraway Kapit is set to recapture the Iban majority seat vacated by his dad in the 1999 election.
If indications on the ground are real, Julau will see a straight fight between Barisan Nasional (BN) and the contender, who chooses to be an independent after his intention to be the BN candidate failed.
Four terms incumbent Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, 68, who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) secretary-general, whose name has been proposed by his party to defend the seat, is set to cross swords with maverick politician Larry Sng Wei Shien, 39, a former PRS state assemblyman for Pelagus (Kapit) and a former assistant minister of Youth (training) in the then chief Minister Pehin Sri (now Tun) Abdul Taib Mahmud's administration.
Larry was sacked from PRS, a party his father, Datuk Sng Chee Hua, had helped to form in 2007, due to insubordination, before forming his own party, the Sarawak Worker's Party (SWP), to contest against a PRS candidate in the Lubok Antu (Sri Aman) seat in the last state election, but was not successful. He then left the party.
His father is a one-term Julau member of parliament from 1995 to 1999 before Putrajaya wanted him to make way for Salang.....