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KUCHING, April 17: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan is calling on members to put the party’s interest and unity above all and to not jeopardise the party.
According to Snowdan, for the sake of party unity, party members have to align to the consensus agreed upon by the Supreme Council (SC) as echoed by PRS secretary-general Datuk Janang Bungsu earlier that there will be no contest for the President post at least for the upcoming Triennal Delegates Conference (TDC), and following the untimely demise of the late President Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing on Oct 31 last year.
“This consensus itself manifests that democracy is at work too. The consensus by the Supreme Council is in line with the succession heir (sic) laid by the late president whereby it moves up by rank and file.
“The ultimate aim was so that party’s unity is preserved and the party remains relevant especially after the success attained by the party in the last Sarawak State Election (PRN12),” he said in a statement today.
Snowdan was responding to a recent report by local media that PRS vice-president Datuk John Sikie Tayai, who is also Minister in the Premier of Sarawak’s Office, is eyeing the president’s post this coming TDC which is scheduled to be held on April 23-24 in Sibu.
He pointed out that the 15th General Election (GE15) may be held sooner than expected and component parties of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) would want PRS to be intact as a formidable front to recapture the party’s ‘lost’ parliamentary seats.
He emphasised that party members especially the rural Dayaks who are the real beneficiaries to the party’s unity must be made to witness and benefit from this win by remaining relevant and not placing the party’s unity at stake.
“I think this is what our late President meant by “I want all PRS members to understand that nobody is above the party”.
“We are, where we are because of the party. The party gives and the party takes,” he said. — DayakDaily