State BN component parties to hold meetings to regroup, reassess position

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KUCHING, May 14: In the aftermath of the rakyat tsunami which swept across the nation in the 14th general election (GE14), each component party in the state Barisan Nasional (BN) is looking inwards to seek solutions to deal with the new political reality.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) will convene its Supreme Council meeting on May 16.

“PRS is going to have our SC meeting on May 16. Until then, I will not be able to make any move either forward or to maintain status quo.

“PRS doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the younger YBs (elected representatives) and its members.

“Let them decide where do they want to go,” PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing told DayakDaily today.

PRS’ counterpart within state BN Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) will also be holding a meeting soon, within this week.

Its vice-president Datuk Paul Igai said the party is recovering from the shock which shook the nation on May 9.

“We are shocked. We really need to reassess the whole situation. We will assess our stand and look at all the options.

“We will have our meeting soon, within this week,” said Paul.

There are four BN component parties within state BN — backbone party Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), PRS, PDP and Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP).

Meanwhile, DayakDaily reported earlier that PBB will hold its Supreme Council meeting this Wednesday, while SUPP is said to be going to hold an emergency central working committee (CWC) meeting tonight at its headquarters here in Kuching.

PBB lost one seat out of the 14 seats it contested in GE14; PRS, lost three out of the six seats it fielded its candidates; PDP contested in four seats but managed to defend two while SUPP contested in seven but won only one. — DayakDaily