No one from PRS jumping ship, says Masing

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

KUCHING, August 7: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing dismissed a recent report of two of its elected representatives joining Parti Pribumi Sarawak (Pribumi) as “unfounded political rumour”.

He said he had not heard of such news and was quite surprised by it.

“I haven’t heard of such news. It is an unfounded political rumour. I am quite surprised by it.

“However, I do have faith and confidence in PRS elected representatives, both parliamentarians and state assemblymen,” said Masing in a statement today.

He said PRS shared the same vision with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to fight for Sarawak rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

“YAB Abang Johari is doing his best to ensure that Sarawak rights are entrenched and its rather unfortunate those Pakatan Harapan MPs and ADUNs (state assemblymen) in Sarawak are trying to de-establish his leadership with the help of Malayan-based political parties.”

“Sarawak must fight for Sarawak rights along with the Chief Minister. If we stand together, not only do we stop interference from outside, Sarawak’s resources will be ours to develop Sarawak!

“Don’t allow others to steal our assets!” said Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister.

He also called on Sarawakians not to believe in fake news or lies that are circulating on social media.

“A lie when told a thousand times will become truth,” he said.

Masing was responding to the recent report that six MPs and three state assemblymen were jumping ship to join Pribumi as a result of lost confidence in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

Among the three state assemblymen, two were said to be from PRS.

On Saturday, Abang Johari who is also GPS chairman said there was no truth behind the report that six Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) MPs would leave the state-based coalition to join Pribumi. — DayakDaily