Donít be tool to destabilise party, PRS members told

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Date Posted : Thursday 07-Feb-2013

KAPIT: Those lobbying to be party candidate in the coming 13th General Elections (GE13) but failing to get party recommendation were given a stern warning yesterday.

Senior Minister and Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dr. James Jemut Masing (pic) who is also Party Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president in issuing the warning stated that they should let themselves to be used as a tool by others to discriminate the party.

Masing warned those people who lobbied for candidacy in the coming general election but failed to be nominated by the party at any six of PRS-held constituency that they should not be a tool to those who have the intention to split and destroy the party.

“The very important thing is that those who are not selected as BN-PRS candidate, don’t allow yourselves to become a tool by others to destabilise the party as I am speaking for the six parliamentary constituencies held by PRS,” Masing said at the ‘Leaders Meet The People Session’ at Rumah Laso, Nanga Antawau, Baleh River here yesterday.

“Please stay together and be united to support the party candidate so that the party remains strong. PRS is to contest in six parliamentary seats namely Hulu Rajang, Kanowit, Julau, Selangau, Lubok Antu and Sri Aman respectively.

Based on my past experience, I am confident that the list of candidates submitted by PRS has been accepted by both the State and the National BN leaders.

Therefore, my advice is that those of you who are not selected by the party, don’t be a tool to destabilise the party,” he stressed.

Masing pointed out that before the decision on the party candidate was made, a lot of aspiring people were lobbying for candidacy.

After the decision has been made, the very important thing now is that all party members should abide by the decision and give their full support to the candidate so that the party remains strong and united together.

He told the gathering of few hundreds of longhouse folk from Nanga Antawau  comprising four longhouses in the area that PRS was allocated six parliamentary constituencies.

“Out of six incumbents, we retain five of the incumbents except for P216 Hulu Rajang.

Datuk Billy Abit Joo is to be replaced by my private secretary, Wilson Ugak Kumbong. In politics, we change candidates from time to time.

That’s politics. Billy has been there for five terms and now we nominate Ugak. In PRS, we have the ‘Election Selection Committee’ to nominate the most suitable candidate. I have submitted the list to the State and BN National leaders and I am confident that the list is accepted,” assured Masing.

He warned PRS member to abide by the party decision.

“Stop lobbying now because the decision has been made. We have good working relation with the other BN component parties.

“The GE13 would be held soon, I guess it could be held sometime in March. I reminded PRS member that we need to defend the party interest and not to cause split among the party. We need to must work for the party unity and strength. We must not be selfish for our own gain,” he said.

At the function, he told the person to support Ugak who is also a local hailing originally from Nanga Antawau.

Present at the function were corporate firm proprietor, Dato’ Kristoffer Nyuak Bajok, a political secretary to the Chief Minister Wilson Nyabong, candidate for Hulu Rajang Wilson Ugak Kumbong, Masing’s administrative officer Robert Liman, deputy Kapit resident Mohd Ikhmal Abdullah, Assistant Director of the Information Department Koh Kumbong, administrative officer Joseph Indi and several representatives of the various government departments.

Also present were several community leaders led by Penghulu Jampi Raweng and host Tuai Rumah Laso.

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