KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) is confident that Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem can end the animosity between SPDP, SUPP and their beleaguered leaders who have joined Teras and UPP.
Its president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing believes that Adenan, who is also state BN chairman, would be able to draft a solution for the parties to end their feud before the next state election expected in 2016.
For an agreement to be reached, he said it is important that there is cooperation between state BN leaders and leaders of Teras and UPP on the matter.
Masing, who is also Land Development Minister, made this comment when reacting to Adenan’s announcement on Monday that BN would give PRS the priority to nominate a candidate for Pelagus in the next state election.
“I am happy to note that Adenan has put this matter to rest once and for all by officially recognising Pelagus as PRS seat. If the promoter of Teras were not too much in a hurry to get going, they would have seen George Lagong’s presence in their midst and told him immediately that he was in the wrong crowd.
“This mistake was unfortunate and so unnecessary. By the time the mistake was acknowledged by Teras, time lapse had allowed for uncertainties and bad feelings to surface among PRS supporters towards the party,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.
Now that the misunderstanding had been settled, Masing said PRS could move forward and work together with other BN component parties to defend and win their seats in the next state election.
“In doing this, PRS is ever mindful of BN understanding and laws which govern the organisation over the years. On this principle, PRS will not deviate and I am sure other BN parties will maintain the same stand,” he continued, quoting the saying “Difficult things take time to solve, impossible things take a bit longer to solve but in the end, all will be solved.”
The tussle over Pelagus seat started when its assemblyman George Lagong, who was a former Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) deputy president, quit his party and joined Teras on May 15.
However, Lagong’s joy of finally being able to become a BN representative was short-lived as PRS insisted the seat belonged to them and considered it non-negotiable. Relenting to the mounting pressure from PRS, Teras eventually offloaded Lagong to maintain its stand as a BN-friendly party.
In the last state election, Barisan’s PRS candidate Stanley Nyitar garnered 2,903 votes to lose the seat to Lagong in a three-cornered fight. Lagong secured 5,740 votes and PKR candidate Edward Sumbang Asun received 1,171 votes.
PRS currently has eight state seats namely Baleh, Kakus, Bukit Begunan, Belaga, Ngemah, Batang Ai, Balai Ringin and Tamin.