‘Hopefully one day PDP and PRS can merge together’ — PBM president

Datuk Larry Sng

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 7: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) should consider merging into a single political party.

The suggestion came from Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) president Datuk Larry Sng who expressed his views on the recent dissolution of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) followed by its members joining PDP en bloc.

“The dissolution of PSB with its members joining PDP is a good move.

“Hopefully one day PDP and PRS can merge together, since both parties have historical links. This will strengthen Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and the Dayak cause,” he said in a Facebook post last night (April 6).

It was reported that PSB has announced its dissolution with more than 80,000 members have been accepted en bloc into PDP at a unity dinner in Sibu last night.

PDP president Dato Sri Tiong King Sing said with that, the top leaders of PSB would be made vice presidents of PDP.

They are Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh as senior vice president as well as Dr Johnical Rayong (Engkilili assemblyman) and Baru Bian (Ba’Kelalan assemblyman) as vice presidents.

PSB was initially founded as the United People’s Party (UPP) on August 17, 2014. It was actually a splinter party of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

UPP was re-branded as PSB after an Extraordinary Delegates Conference (EDC) on Dec 8, 2018.

Meanwhile, PDP is one of four component parties under GPS alongside SUPP, PRS and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).

In the 12th Sarawak Election (PRN12), PDP won five State constituencies: Tasik Biru through Dato Henry Harry Jinep, Krian (Friday Belik), Meluan (Rolland Duat Jubin), Dudong (Tiong), and Marudi (Datuk Penguang Manggil).

At the parliamentary level, PDP is represented by Tiong (Bintulu) and Dato Anyi Ngau (Baram).

With the absorption of PSB members into PDP, the party automatically increases its State seats from five to eight. The additional seats are Engkilili (Rayong), Ba’kelalan (Baru Bian), and Bawang Assan (Soon Koh). — DayakDaily