Editor’s note: Updated with details.
KUCHING, March 7: Party Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) leader Datuk Masir Kujat has tendered his resignation to the party and will be joining Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) headed by Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.
PRS confirmed receiving his resignation which Masir handed in this morning while PSB is in the midst of preparing a statement.
In a press statement today, Masir, who was formerly Deputy Home Affairs Minister said he had resigned as vice-President and member of PRS.
“Yesterday, I resigned as vice-president and member of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).”
“I have decided to join Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB). My reason is that I believe PSB is a truly multi-racial party and can unite all races in Sarawak.
“PSB is an independent local-based party that can speak up for all Sarawakians, irrespective of race or religious belief,” said Masir.
He said as a Dayak leader and Member of Parliament, he believed PSB will be the party best placed to champion Dayak rights and unite all Dayaks in Sarawak.
“I am in full agreement with the stand of PSB leaders to pledge our full support and loyalty to our Chief Minister YAB Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari,” he said.
Masir is a fourth-term Sri Aman MP.
Rumours started fly around shortly after the May 9 general election last year that Masir would leave PRS to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as his close friend and ally, former PRS deputy president Datuk Joseph Entulu had joined PKR soon after May 9 after being expelled from PRS right before the election.
At the time, when contacted by DayakDaily, Masir expressed in no uncertain terms that he had no intention to jump ship to PKR but rather, to retire at the end of his term and that he would prefer to give way to young blood. — DayakDaily