No mass resignation in PRS, assures PRS sec-gen

Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Oct 13: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Pakan branch chairman Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said there had been no mass resignation from the party.

However, the former Julau MP neither discounted the possibility of some expelled PRS members joining Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) nor the possibility of dual membership.

“I do not discount the possibility of those being expelled by the party to join PKR. As far as I know, there has been no mass resignation from PRS that we are aware of, I mean leaving PRS to join PKR.

“I also do not discount the possibility of dual membership,” he told DayakDaily today.

Salang, who is also PRS secretary-general, highlighted that in a democracy, everyone was free to join any party they wished.

He was responding to a statement by Julau MP Larry Sng, who claimed that there was a surge of 13,000 members in PKR Julau branch.

Salang refused to comment on the 13,000 membership claim when pressed further.

“That you have to ask PKR branch leaders. I cannot comment on the affairs of another party,” he said.

Salang failed to defend the seat in the May 9 general election. He lost to Sng by 1,931 votes. Sng, who contested as an Independent candidate, polled 25,429 votes.

Sng was accepted by PKR after the general election.

The figure of 13,000 new members is now an issue as Sng claimed that there are individuals within the party trying to disqualify Julau’s votes as it may affect the outcome of who will be the party’s deputy president.

Sarawak will be the last state to hold PKR party polls. — DayakDaily