Engkilili branches of SUPP, PRS reject PDP-PSB collaboration

The wooden shophouses by Batang Lupar in Engkilili town.

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KUCHING, July 22: The Engkilili branches of two Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) component parties—Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS)—have expressed their objection towards the collaboration between Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB). 

In a recent statement, SUPP Engkilili deputy chief Cr Edwin Marayong Jali and his secretary Semijie Janting described the collaboration of PDP, another component party of GPS, and local opposition party PSB as an effort more for personal gain than for the interest of the people.

PRS Engkilili chief Tuai Rumah Kujat Tandang expressed support for the statement of Edwin and Semijie.  

“The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between PDP and PSB is only a personal agenda and not for the benefit of the people.

“This is an easy way out for PSB representatives who want to continue to be elected,” said Edwin.

Meanwhile, Semijie said the grassroots leaders of the Engkilili constituency called on the top leadership of GPS party central to hear their grievances and voices before making any decision.

He said this was to ensure that the Engkilili constituents are well looked after and do not become victims of political games that bring instability to the coalition.

For Tr Kujat, the voice of the grassroots is crucial in determining the political direction that is becoming more stable under the leadership of Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said GPS has been spending time attending to the needs of the constituents of Engkilili through various programmes held every week, and such effort has received positive responses from the community.

To him, the constituents of Engkilili have noticed the inability of PSB to deliver and are ready to reject the local opposition party.

“Without PSB joining GPS, the people in the Engkilili constituency are already well looked after,” said Tr Kujat. — DayakDaily