Masing: Don’t betray Sarawak for personal gain

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

KUCHING, Jan 8: Sarawakians who are members of peninsula-based political parties have been warned not to betray the state’s interests for personal gain and position.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said it was the duty of every Sarawakian to protect the state from negative elements and influences, including doctrines that could be detrimental to the people.

Moving forward, the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president believed that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) provided the best platform to protect and fight for the rights of Sarawak and her people.

“GPS is a coalition of Sarawak-based parties. No party outside the state has any influence on its policies and directions, including ways of administering the state.

“Basically, we are on our own. Whether we have the right way of doing things or we do it wrong, we have nobody else to blame,” he said in a statement today.

GPS, comprising PRS, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), was formed on June 12 last year — the same day the four parties announced their withdrawal from the Barisan Nasional coalition following its disastrous showing in GE14 on May 9.

Masing opined that over 50 years of indoctrination via education as well as through social media was long enough.

“Therefore, it is of prime importance that we protect Sarawak from outside forces and influences, which include barring those who wish to indoctrinate our people to negative thinking on Sarawak and its leaders,” he continued.

Putting Sarawak first, he emphasised the importance of the immigration autonomy to secure the state’s purity in thoughts.

Apart from Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Democratic Action Party (DAP), the last two having established a strong support base in the state, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) is the latest peninsula-based political party to be set up in Sarawak, following its launch in Bintulu on Dec 1 last year. — DayakDaily