KUCHING: Sri Aman MP Masir Kujat and several ex-MPs and leaders of other parties have joined Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), a party friendly to the state ruling coalition.
Kujat, who announced his departure from Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) today, said he had quit as the party’s vice-president. He said he believed that PSB would be better at uniting the Dayaks and championing their rights.
Others who have joined PSB are former Selangau MP Joseph Entulu Belaun, former state assistant minister Sylvester Entri Muran, former Lubok Antu MP William Nyallau Badak and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) acting president Banyi Beriak.
Entulu was a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department under the Najib Razak administration.
Kujat said in a statement today: “PSB is an independent local-based party that can speak up for all Sarawakians, irrespective of race or religious belief.
“I am in full agreement with the stand of PSB leaders to pledge full support and loyalty to our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari.”
Meanwhile, the PSB secretariat, in welcoming all of them, said in a statement that it was ready to work with any like-minded persons who believed in their party’s struggles.
“We, PSB would like to pledge our loyalty and lend our full support to Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg particularly in his fight for Sarawak’s rights and interests which are enshrined in the constitutional provisions and in MA63.
“We will join hands with the chief minister to share his vision and mission of bringing about a better Sarawak,” it said.
PSB is the new name of the United People’s Party.
“Whether UPP or PSB, the main characteristics of our party will remain unchanged. We will always make the multi-racial principle to be our party’s strength. We will reject racism in any form and condemn extremism and radicalism,” it said.