Nanta expresses relief after PRS leaders choose to bury hatchet, ending contention over party leadership

Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi

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KUCHING, April 21: Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi is heaving a sigh of relief to see Dayak leaders in Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) bury the hatchet and move forward as one.

He said as a Dayak leader, he did not want to see factions and conflicts among Dayak top leaders especially in PRS, which is a component of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition.

“I am relieved to know that there will not be a tussle over the presidency post within PRS following a report on the amicable settlement between the said two contentious factions. 


“I take this as a good and happy news as this will allow PRS’ top party leaders and members to work things out and focus more on the people.

“As a Dayak myself, of course I don’t want to see factions and conflicts among Dayak top leaders, especially in PRS who is a part of the GPS coalition.

“Going forward, I hope that PRS will continue to uphold the unity among its members and work in harmony to support the betterment of the Dayak community in the quest to bring more success to the community and people of Sarawak in general,” said Nanta in a press statement today.

Nanta who is also GPS as well as Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Secretary General said PRS plays a crucial role in maintaining a stable Sarawak government.  

“As part of GPS component parties, PRS plays an important role in the coalition party in maintaining a stable state government, not only for the Dayak community but also for the people of Sarawak. Hence, we need them to be able to focus on their responsibility as the representatives of the people.”

Nanta said he was sure that by avoiding intense competition and collision, PRS will be able to ensure there isharmony and unity in the party, rather than chaos.

“I wish them all the best and PBB will continue to work in harmony with all the people’s representatives and members of PRS,” said Nanta.  

Following the passing of its former president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing in Oct 31, 2021, PRS had decided in its Supreme Council meetings in January and February that they should be no contest for all posts including the presidential post in its Triennial Delegates Conference to be held in Sibu coming weekend. 

More than two weeks ago, some leaders however decided that all posts should be contested and a Team B was formed as opposed to those who were against contest which were known as Team A.

To avoid a possible party split after aggressive party contention and internal strife, as well as to ensure party unity and readiness to face the upcoming 15th General Election, acting president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum met up with seven leaders of Team B.  

The leaders of the two teams settled their differences and came to an agreement to honour the decision of the Supreme Council on Jan 23 and Feb 11, 2022 where there will be no contest.  — DayakDaily