KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women’s chief Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie said she has no intention to contest in any parliamentary seats in the upcoming general election.
She expressed contentment with the opportunities given by the party to her to serve the people and would prefer to give the chance to other new faces.
“Let us be honest. I have no plans for any parliamentary seats because I have served as a full fledged parliamentarian.”
“Even as the deputy president of the senate, I had served my two terms which equals six years. So I think we should give a chance to new faces,” Doris told the media when met at the press conference for 10th Sarawak Amateur Masters Open Gold Championship 2017 event at a local hotel here today.
When pressed on if she would accept it if the candidacy was offer to her, the former senator did not give a direct answer except to say that “we will cross the bridge when we get there”.
Doris who is a political secretary to the Chief Minister said the PRS Women’s wing had submitted six names for all six parliamentary seats allocated to PRS respectively for the impending general election.
“As far as Women (wing) is concerned, we have made a proposal to the party. We have submitted a list of women for all the six parliamentary seats because we do not know which constituency may have a change of candidate.”
“In the event we have changes, we have women ready in all the constituencies. This is just to prove to the party that we have women who are capable regardless of which constituencies,” Doris said.
She added that women made up the majority of voters in PRS constituencies and that women have been the kingmakers for all the PRS seats, whether state or parliamentary.
“Therefore, I feel that it is high time PRS should have women candidates. We have a lot of Dayak women who are professionals who have the calibre and capability to be a leader. From my point of view, we must have at least one (woman candidate),” she said.
She said that the PRS president (Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing) has been supportive of fielding women candidates so as PRS would not be seen as very male-centric as it may not reflect well on the Dayak community as a whole.