PRS firm on decision against merger with PDP, says deputy info chief

Andy Lawrence

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 23: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) is standing its ground on its decision against merging with the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement issued today, PRS deputy information chief Andy Lawrence said this came after careful consideration.

“Anyone from outside PRS can propose or wish anything, but we do not know their true intention.

“It is like matchmaking (a) marriage. (The) Initial excitement doesn’t guarantee long-term success or compatibility.

“(I) Understand the appeal of coming together, but to think again, the differences in ideologies and party structures could lead to challenges in a merger,” he said.

He added that while some see the merger as a shortcut to political strength, PRS believes in the value of each component party in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in playing its respective roles.

“PRS cherishes its unique identity. We remain committed to this path, believing that it is in the best interest of Sarawak and its people, especially (the) rural community.”

This was said in response to a news report that PDP president Dato Sri Tiong King Sing is open to a merger with PRS after Julau MP Larry Sng suggested it.

Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) was dissolved on April 6, as its members were accepted en bloc into PDP. — DayakDaily