Masing attributes party losses to discord within BN component parties

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

KUCHING, May 10: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri James Jemut Masing blamed the loss of three of the party’s seats during the parliamentary election (GE14) on the lack of cohesiveness among Barisan Nasional (BN) parties.

He said this was felt in Lubok Antu where PRS candidate Robert Pasang Alam was defeated by independent Jugah Muyang with a more than 1,000 majority.

PRS also lost the Selangau seat to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) strongman Baru Bian, and Julau to long-time nemesis independent Larry Sng.

“I think there was no sincerity and genuine feeling among the component parties there especially in Lubok Antu. There was a lack of cohesiveness between BN parties there and to a certain extent in Selangau.

“In Selangau I think the ‘fever’ from Peninsular Malaysia just swept the people up and that is the reason the majority was very small in Selangau and I think there must be sincerity between all of us.

“To me, I say what I will do, and I will do what I said. I am not interested in intrigue and backstabbing among us because that doesn’t work well among various component parties which should be together. That should not be allowed,” he told reporters at Wisma Bapa Malaysia this morning.

Asked if PRS would join Pakatan Harapan (PH), Masing said his party would stay put for now.

“The next three years will be crucial for state BN. But it is also crucial whether PH can stay together in the next five years. I doubt it very much,” he said. — DayakDaily