Drop PSB leaders from Sarawak Cabinet, says Masing

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president James Masing.

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president James Masing has added his voice to growing opposition to the possibility of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) joining the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition.

He said PSB had no place in the GPS coalition due to its “recalcitrant” attitude.

Met on the sidelines of the state legislative assembly sitting today, Masing also wanted the two PSB leaders in the state administration to be dropped.

The situation is unique because although PSB is not part of GPS, two of its leaders are members of the state administration. PSB president Wong Soon Koh is state second finance minister while Jerip Susil is assistant transportation minister.

PSB has been accused of encouraging members of GPS component parties – PRS, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) – to join it.

Masing said anybody, including PSB, who tried to destabilise the coalition had no place in GPS.

He said PRS, SUPP and PDP were united in not wanting PSB to be part of the ruling coalition.

He said PRS would not support PSB’s application if it were to apply to be part of the coalition.

However, Masing said Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had yet to make an announcement regarding a decision on this matter.

Asked when Abang Johari would make the announcement, he said: “The chief minister will take it one at a time but it has to be done before the state’s election”.

PSB is a splinter of SUPP and is predominantly Chinese.

On Monday, Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang of PRS had urged GPS leaders to deal with PSB’s position in the state government.

“It is important for me to put on record that PSB has claimed to be supporting Abang Johari,” Ijang said.

“But at the same time, it is going around campaigning and promoting itself by disturbing and confusing the people with its plans to nominate candidates in areas held by PRS, SUPP and PDP.”

He said that apart from this, PSB had accepted former PRS member and Sri Aman MP Masir Kujat.