Rumours of sabotage within the Sarawak BN has got some leaders worried.
KUCHING: Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition partners – the Dayak-driven Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) – are already “locking horns” as rumours of a March 2011 state election gathers momentum.
For the second time within a week, PRS president James Masing has issued a warning against sabotage from within BN component party members.
“I know what happened in 2006 and 2008 elections, and you must not do such things in the coming election.
“I am sure we can win the nine seats given to PRS provided there is no sabotage,” said Masing, who is the State Land Development Minister.
Although he did not name the party concerned, it was obvious that he was referring to SPDP whose members had allegedly supported Gabriel Adit, an independent candidate who stood in the Ngemah constituency in the 2006 state election.
As a result of SPDP’s alleged sabotage, PRS candidate Alexander Vincent lost to Adit by a 549- vote majority.
“Don’t sabotage us again,” Masing said, adding that they should work in unity with the State BN.
PRS has nine seats – Baleh, Pelagus, Belaga, Kakus, Ngemah, Tamin, Bukit Begunan, Batang Ai and Balai Ringin.
“These seats do not belong to individuals. They belong to PRS. I am a candidate for Baleh, but I don’t own the seat. It belongs to the party and this includes Pelagus. Pelagus belongs to PRS, not Larry Sng,” he said.
PRS won’t budge on Pelagus
Masing said that PRS had a right to nominate its own candidates to all the seats, including Pelagus, which he added PRS will retain in the coming polls.
Speculation is rife that Sng may contest in the Pelagus seat through a direct BN-membership and has been reported to be preparing for the election.
But Masing has warned BN leaders that Sng would lose the seat as his party members would not vote for him.
He said that if BN leaders insisted on fielding Sng as a candidate in Pelagus, then this would also be considered sabotage against PRS.
“We will not accept Sng for Pelagus. PRS has alraedy identified and shortlisted three professionals for the seat.
“They are actively on the ground,” he said.
Sng was sacked from PRS in 2009 and has remained partyless, but was allowed to hold an assistant minister post.
In the latest Cabinet reshuffle, Sng was given two more assistant minister’s posts by Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, prompting many to think that Taib wants him to contest in the coming state election.
There are also talks that he may contest in Meradong under a Sarawak United People’s Party ticket. The Meradong seat is currently held by DAP.
Meradong is also the home town of his father-in-law Ting Phek Kiing.