Masing: Rumour of PRS MPs jumping ship is “fake news”

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

KUCHING, July 2: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing today described as “fake news” the rumours that its three MPs were leaving the party for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

The three MPs in the “news” are Ulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, Kanowit MP Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang and Sri Aman MP Datuk Masir Kujat.

Masing, who is also deputy chief minister, said he was with Ugak and Ago yesterday, and the news could not have been true.

“The news of three PRS MPs leaving PRS is fake news.

“I was with Datuk Ugak and Datuk Aaron yesterday. Datuk Masir was not around due to prior commitment,” Masing told DayakDaily.

He said the frequent occurrence of fake news on social media had made the Anti-Fake News Act more relevant.

“We need it more than ever because of social media,” opined Masing.

Meanwhile, Ugak, when contacted, said the three of them were with PRS. He said switching to another party was wrong as he was voted in under PRS.

“I have my own principle. I don’t jump ship. I have to respect the decision of my voters. They have elected me with PRS. I cannot jump to PKR,” he said.

Ugak added that PRS was still very much a party within the ruling Gabung Parti Sarawak (GPS).

“We are still a part of the state government. There is no need for us to do so (jump ship),” said Ugak. — DayakDaily