Masing reiterates continuous support to PN despite Budget 2021 criticisms

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

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KUCHING, Nov 8: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing has reiterated his continuous support to Perikatan Nasional (PN) despite his criticisms on Budget 2021.

He said his comments on some aspects of the federal budget were not intended to cause permanent dissociation between any parties.

“Some GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) leaders aren’t comfortable with my criticisms on some aspects of the federal budget.

“PRS will continue to support PN including Budget 2021 as we have promised,” he said, adding that criticisms were meant to be taken for more improvement and not to cause disputes.

“In any organisation consisting of many groups, we must be big (generous) enough to take constructive criticisms in order to make us a better organisation.

“It’s like wives criticising their husbands. It’s not with the aim to divorce their spouses, but to make them better husbands so they will have better unions in the years to come,” he said in a statement.

Masing, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, was responding to some reprovals during the GPS pre-council meeting held at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters here today.

He had viewed that the allocation in Budget 2021 announced on Nov 6 does not reflect the equality of the three regions in the Federation of Malaysia, which are Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah.

He said, in a statement dated Nov 7, that the budget was disproportionate and it neglects the needs for infrastructure development in Sarawak and Sabah. — DayakDaily