- KUCHING, Nov 13: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said the street rally is acceptable if it is carried out within the confines of the law.
However, he said PRS did not participate in it because the party preferred to solve the problem within the confine of “four walls”.
“A street rally is one way the public shows their disagreement or dissatisfaction with the authorities on certain issues.
“Another way to solve the problems is within the confine of ‘four walls’.
“The NCR (Native Customary Rights) Rally as exhibited today is acceptable if it is carried out within the confines of the law.
“PRS did not participate in it, even though we are a Dayak-based party and with Dayak interests at heart.
“We prefer to solve the problem within the confine of ‘four walls’,” said Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister.
He said the Dayak Barisan Nasional assemblymen were feeling the heat because the state government did not seem to be seriously taking up the possible amendment of the Land Code which affects the Dayak community.
“The NCR Rally today may attract attention outside Sarawak shores!
“The government has assigned (Deputy Chief Minister) Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to solve it (NCR land issue), so we wait till he does (finishes) his work,” said Masing.
Masing was commenting on the Nov 13 NCR rally which was a peaceful community protest organised by Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA) at the Old Courthouse today.
The rally saw the attendance of 3,000 people, according to one of its organisers, Nicholas Bawin.
Today’s rally which was held to protest against the land policies currently in place has drawn the participation of various associations and organisations across the social spectrum and the state, including opposition political parties such as state PKR and DAP. — DayakDaily