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Masing set to become Parti Rakyat Sarawak chief

Thursday January 20, 2005

Masing set to become Parti Rakyat Sarawak chief

BY JACK WONG

KUCHING: Datuk Dr James Masing, who has taken over the supreme council chairmanship of Parti Rakyat Sarawak, is set to become its first president at the party’s inaugural triennial general assembly here on Sunday. 

The 700-odd delegates, who represent the party’s 50 divisions, will be asked to endorse Dr Masing, who is the state Land Development Minister, as the party chief, according to a party official. 

Chief Minister and state Barisan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will open the assembly.  

Endorsements for other key posts will also be sought based on a proposed line-up for the party leadership.  

Former MP Datuk Sng Chee Hua is likely to become the party’s deputy president.  

Those expected to fill the five slots of vice-presidents are Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Entulu Belaun, state Assistant Agriculture Minister Dublin Unting, MPs Jimmy Donald and Billy Abit and assemblyman John Sikie. 

Youth leader and assemblyman Mong Dagang and Wanita chief Josephine Mawat will also be vice-presidents by virtue of their positions in the movements. 

James Masing
Party pro tem president Sidi Munan is expected to be appointed the secretary-general, with State Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Larry Sng as his deputy. 

Lawyer Clement Eddy is likely to become the treasurer-general and Wilfred Nissom, a political secretary to the Chief Minister, is set to become the information chief. 

“No objection to the proposed line-up is expected. Endorsing it at the assembly is just a formality,” said the official. 

The proposed line-up, it is understood, was agreed to during the supreme council meeting on Jan 8 when Dr Masing took over as council chairman from Sidi. 

Sidi became the council secretary. 

At the meeting, the supreme council was expanded to comprise 30 members.  

Multi-racial Party Rakyat Sarawak came into being on Oct 21 last year when its registration was approved by the Registrar of Societies.  

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