Opposition untested distractor in Sarawak politics, asserts Masing

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING, June 20: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing today described Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) as an “untested political administrator” in Sarawak politics.

As such, he hoped Sarawak voters will be wise enough to choose between Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) of which PRS is one of its component parties, or PSB, Pakatan Harapan (PH) and other Sarawak-based political parties such as Star and Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK).

“They are untested distractor. Some of them have been tested but they didn’t do very well.

“But as a party to administer Sarawak, they are untested. But as individual YBs, some of them have been tested but they did not deliver their promises.

“But we (GPS) have been tested and we delivered. These are two different things for the people of Sarawak will have decide (who should administer Sarawak in the coming State election),” Masing told a press conference after chairing PRS supreme council meeting at PRS headquarters here today.

PSB, which is headed by former Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, has expressed its confidence in forming the next State government after it declared that it will contest in at least 65 seats in the coming State election.

Besides PSB, Masing also named PH component parties such as PKR, DAP and other smaller parties such as Star and PBK as other major challenges it will be facing in defending its 11 seats in the coming State election.

When asked what other challenges PRS will be facing in the coming state election were, Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister said, “Kita ada kereta. Tapi kalau taka da minyak kerata susah jalan (We do have the car but if we don’t have the fuel we can’t go”

However, he assured the people that PRS has proven its track record in administering Sarawak together with its coalition partners in GPS.

“But what makes us in PRS confident in winning our (eleven) seats is that we and other parties in GPS have fulfilled its obligation. We have serve the rakyat well and that should be a very good foundation for us to go to the election.

“We cakap (speak), we deliver, we say, we do. That is very important for GPS. Sometimes you promised so many things but they don’t come up with anything.

“I think the people of Sarawak, the voters of Sarawak are smart enough to understand who is the diamond and who is the glass, isn’t it?,” he said.

Masing also expressed his confidence that the people will support GPS to deliver their seats as they have been able to administering Sarawak well in the past.

“I’m confident because we (GPS) delivered what the people of Sarawak wanted in the last five years. We give them what we promised.

“While the other parties like PH before they promised all kinds of things especially DAP, banyak dia orang promised but until now tak ada. Their excuse is now MCO but they have been thrown out (from the federal government). That’s what they said,” added Masing.