Gabriel Adit Demong, 58 officially join PKR. (Photo NST)

Ngemah state assemblyman Gabriel Adit Demong, 58, who won on an Independent ticket in the Sarawak state election some time back, has joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

News reports said he handed over his application form to join the party to its president Datuk Seri Anwar Inbrahim at a dinner here Saturday night. Bernama reported joining Adit in his move were 11,752 individuals from throughout the state.

Adit is a four-term Ngemah state assemblyman, three of which were on BN ticket when he was a vice-president of the now defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak(PBDS), a Dayak majority state BN component party which was de-registered due to internal leadership crisis.

Gabriel Adit and other assemblymen aligned to PBDS former president Datuk Seri Daniel Tajem then applied to join Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB). Their applications were turned down citing state Barisan Nasional (BN) in principle wanted all former PBDS elected representatives to join the newly-formed Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) led by Datuk Seri Dr James Masing.

However they refused to join PRS. Adit, Kanowit member of parliament Aaron Dagang, Lubok Antu MP Jawah Gerang and Engkilili State Assemblyman Dr Johnical Rayong then applied to join Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

Their applications were still pending when Gabriel Adit, after learning that he was not nominated by the SPDP-BN to defend the Ngemah seat, distanced himself from SPDP and contested as an independent.

Adit was the only independent candidate to win in the 2006 state election when he defended his Ngemah seat against PRS-BN candidate Alexander Vincent.

With Adit joining PKR the party now has two members in the state legislative assembly. The other is Dominic Ng who is also the state PKR chairman and Padungan state assemblyman.