KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) will not interfere in the possible UMNO-PAS pact provided the coalition does not affect the rights of Sarawakians, especially the Dayaks.
PRS Youth publicity chief Andy Lawrence said for PRS, the coalition must not affect Sarawak’s religious and racial rights especial those of the Dayak community.
The coalition must also not interfere with Sarawakians’ pursuit to restore the state’s full rights enshrined within the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“As far as PRS is concerned, as long as the pact of UMNO-PAS does not deteriorate Sarawakian rights (religious and racial) and Dayak in particular, and as long as it does not interfere with our pursuit to restore fully our rights within MA63, as for now, we treat it as their private arrangement matter in Peninsular Malaysia,” said Andy in a statement today.
He further stressed that the people of Sarawak especially the Dayak community did not agree with PAS ideology.
“All this while, we in Sarawak and especially the Dayak community do not agreed with PAS ideology,” said Andy.
As at the moment, there have been no details of the UMNO-PAS pact, Andy said the party would not be able to comment further.
“In any pact, there must be an understanding. Whether we agree with the UMNO-PAS pact, we need to know the understanding (behind it), otherwise, we won’t comment.”
Andy was responding to PBB supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who commented that he was fine with the UMNO-PAS pact on Thursday.
Abdul Karim said he had no problem with any move that unites Malaysians and he saw no issue in the two Malay-based parties joining forces, saying that it will make BN stronger in the coming election.
The Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister’s statement has received much criticism from the opposition which described the coalition as “the worst combination”.
BN component party Sarawak United Peoples’ Party released a statement on Friday that the party saw the possible pact between the two parties as a “private arrangement”.
Its president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian clarified that as long as it (UMNO-PAS coalition) was not passed by the BN Supreme Council, any form of UMNO-PAS co-operation remains a private arrangement between the two parties.
Dr Sim who is also Local Government and Housing Minister, stressed that SUPP could not agree with PAS’ political philosophy of governance and it would not waiver in its stance.
He however, said he respected UMNO’s right in choosing its allies.