Masing finds “Borneo bloc” idea appealing

Masing (seated, third from left), Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (on Masing’s left), cabinet ministers, assistant ministers and others at Taib’s (seated, fifth from left) Hari Raya Open House at the Astana. Raghad is on Taib’s left.

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KUCHING, June 15: A “Borneo bloc” proposal mooted by Sabahan politicians is “an idea worth considering”, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing today.

He said PRS would give it due consideration.

“It is about time we get together. Fragmentation of parties in Borneo does not help us at all.

“And we do it for the good of Malaysia. That is how we look at it, to make it a better nation and a better federation,” Masing said when met by reporters at Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s Hari Raya Open House at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching today.

The idea of forming a Sarawak-Sabah political bloc to fight for Sarawak and Sabah’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) was proposed by politicians from the ‘Land below the Wind’.

The withdrawal from the Barisan Nasional (BN) by Sarawak’s four ruling parties on June 12 gave the push for such a bloc greater credence.

Sabah Parti Solidarity Tanah Airku (Sabah Star) president Dr Jeffrey Kitingan had opined that such a bloc might position East Malaysia well within Malaysia.

Meanwhile, besides visiting Abang Johari, Masing and other PRS leaders also visited Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife, Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib. — DayakDaily