PRS unfazed by news former vice-president standing for election in Balai Ringin

Charles Chad Nissom

KUCHING, Dec 15: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) interprets reports of its former member Sri Aman Member of Parliament Datuk Masir Kujat standing for election in the N30 Balai Ringin in the next state election as an act of betrayal to his constituents and former party, according to PRS Youth member Charles Chad Nissom who is also a political secretary to the Chief Minister.

Nevertheless, Charles claimed that this move came as no surprise and was actually expected.

“Masir was given a chance by the party to serve the constituents as a Member of Parliament from PRS but jumped ship to Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).

“By doing that he not only has deprived but betrayed the people of Sri Aman who voted for him in the last three terms and in using (sic) Rural Transformation Projects (RTP) and Minor Rural Projects (MRP) grants from the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government,” Charles claimed.

Charles was responding to a tabloid article reporting that PSB had announced Masir as their candidate for Balai Ringin for the next state elections.

“The electorates at Sri Aman parliamentary constituency will read his character that he is there not to serve, but to survive. They will ‘kick him’ out through their ballot come 12th States General election,” he asserted.

Charles added that incumbent Balai Ringin assemblyman Datuk Snowdan Lawan will defend his seat so that the people of Balai Ringin constituency would continue to enjoy government projects and assistance.

He also slammed Masir for not showing gratitude to his former party PRS and for forgetting where he came from and how he was raised by PRS until he even became a federal deputy minister.

“He (Masir) is never thankful and would continue to betray the mandate accorded by his voters.

“At one time, in Kampung Muding, Pantu, he publicly mentioned that he would retire. Now, succumbing (sic) to his own words, he makes a ‘U-turn’, foregoing his political principles, jumped ship, for reasons best known to himself.”

He reminded the voters in Balai Ringin not to opt for this type of personality to represent them because, in the long run, it’s the people who will regret his actions.

“Worst, he could be a scapegoat to destroy Dayak unity in the constituency,” Charles alleged.

He also pointed out that in past elections, the constituency had seen no fewer than three individuals who stood as candidates in Balai Ringin, but they were defeated each time by Snowdan.

In March this year, Masir tendered his resignation as PRS vice-president and party member and revealed he would be joining PSB. He is a fourth-term MP for Sri Aman. — DayakDaily