PDP-PSB merger: Issue ‘far from settled’ in terms of seats, says political analyst

Prof Dr Jayum Jawan

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 16: The issue of the merger between Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) is far from settled when it comes to the seats that former PSB members hold, says political analyst Prof Dr Jayum Jawan of Universiti Putra Malaysia.

He said this in response to a question asking for his comments on the merger between the two parties and if the former PSB members will sit with those with the ruling parties in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting this May.


“It is one thing for PSB to be dissolved and its members join en bloc another party (PDP), but the membership of former PSB lawmakers is another issue.

“PSB lawmakers bring to PDP seats that (traditionally) belong to PRS (Parti Rakyat Sarawak) and SUPP (Sarawak United Peoples’ Party).

“So, it can be expected that SUPP and PRS will not like this. And in the usual spirit of the coalition, any change must be unanimously agreed to by all members,” he said.

He added that Wong Soon Koh (Bawang Assan), Baru Bian (Ba’kelalan), and Johnical Rayong (Engkilili) might have joined PDP without any issue but said that the seats they currently hold are expected to be objected to by SUPP and PRS. — DayakDaily