Masing proposes leaving BN, forming united Sarawak front

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING, May 16: A senior state Barisan Nasional (BN) leader suggests Sarawakian BN component parties leave the coalition to form a united front comprising Sarawak-based parties to prepare for the 2021 state election.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing proposed the idea of forming a political alliance among Sarawakian parties or a united front to counter Pakatan Harapan (PH) as BN no longer appealed to Sarawakians.

“To form a political alliance among Sarawak-based parties to protect Sarawak’s interest is one of the best moves.

“It will be even better if we can form a united political front against PH and its associate parties in the 2021 state election.

“BN as a brand is no longer attractive nor saleable to the voters both in Malaya and Sarawak,” said Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister.

He hoped that Sarawak BN component parties could meet soon to decide the way forward.

“Hopefully the four Sarawak BN political parties can meet soon and find the way forward. I will discuss this proposal with my party,” Masing told DayakDaily.

There are four component parties within Sarawak BN — Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), PRS, Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP).

Sarawak BN contested in 31 parliamentary seats and retained only 19. Meanwhile, the state coalition holds 72 out of 82 seats in the State Legislative Assembly. — DayakDaily