KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) lost three out of six seats contested in the 14th General Election due to the lack of cohesiveness in the Barisan Nasional.
Its president Tan Sri James Jemut Masing said the four component parties under the state BN failed to move together as one.
“I don’t want to start finger-pointing on which component parties didn’t work together but I know we didn’t act as one,” he said.
PRS, he said, always remained united and was always ready to support other component parties.
“But, I didn’t know about others (component parties),” he said.
Therefore, the Sarawak BN, should realise the importance of being united in order to gain confidence and trust from the people, he added.
Masing said the sacking of the former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, former Lubok Antu member of parliament Datuk William Nyalau Badak and a few supreme council members was not the main reason which contributed to the party’s defeat.
“That’s not the reason why we lost but due to lack of cohesiveness in the BN,” he sad
For the time being, he said, PRS will plays its role as a responsible opposition, following the defeat of the Barisan Nasional.
The Deputy Chief Minister said the people of Malaysia had voted in Pakatan Harapan to govern the country, as such, the Sarawak BN now is an opposition.
“However, we will not oppose for the sake of opposing. We want to be a creditable opposition, so that when time for change comes, the people will once again believe in us.
We will expose any wrong doings and irregularities in the administration. We will oppose them and propose solutions which will benefit the people,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference held after the supreme council meeting at the party headquarters here, Masing said PRS was in the opposition camp between 1987 to 1994.
“We were once an opposition for seven years, so, this (become an opposition again) is not a something new to us,” he said.
He hoped that the federal government will not neglect the financial and constitutional obligations to Sarawak and other states which chose not to vote in the Pakatan Harapan government.