PRS gearing up for 2021 state polls

Masing speaking to reporters after chairing PRS’ Supreme Council meeting at the party's headquarters this afternoon.

KUCHING, June 17: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) has directed all its 11 assemblymen to work extra hard from now onwards in preparation for the state election that is due by 2021.

Its president, Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, said this instruction was issued during the party’s Supreme Council meeting here today.

“I advised all our assemblymen to act like what we did during the 1987-1994 period when we were the opposition (in the now defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak or PBDS). I told them to work hard, to go down to the ground and do what needs to be done.

“We can no longer rest on our laurels or act as if we are still a member of the Barisan Nasional (BN) at the federal level,” he told reporters after chairing the meeting.

He said he reminded everyone present that they had to work as an effective opposition while serving the people as they were no longer receiving aid or using facilities belonging to the federal government.

PBDS was deregistered in December 2003, and Masing was its information chief then.

On another matter, Masing revealed that the meeting today approved about 1,120 new membership applications.

He dismissed former PRS Senadin division chief Richard Will’s claims that he and about 1,000 Senadin members had quit the party.

“It’s just a game of perception, which comes with blatant lies,” he said.

PRS Women chief Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie, who was also present, said before the meeting today, there were 1,111 active PRS Senadin Division members.

“During the meeting today, we approved 63 new membership applications (for Senadin Division).

“For Richard to say 1,000 members have left Senadin division is a blatant lie. As Women chief of Senadin division, after the new membership approval, we have 514 Women members. And on top of that, we have 660 in the main body. Total now is 1,174,” she said.

Doris believed Richard was not serious with the Senadin Division issue and could have plucked the figures randomly without knowing the actual figures.

In a statement issued on May 15, Richard claimed that he and some 1,000 others had quit the party because they had lost confidence in the party’s leadership. — DayakDaily