Masing ‘can help save PRS’

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  • Friday, 15 Sep 2006

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) secretary-general Sidi Munan said Datuk Dr James Masing could give him input on preventing the party from being deregistered.  

“If Dr Masing has any bright ideas on how the party can be saved, he can give them to me for incorporation into my reply to the Registrar of Societies' (ROS) show-cause letter. 

“I will write and talk to him and his supporters for help to save the party,” Sidi said in an interview here recently.  

“I am a founder of the party and I will not kill it. 

Sidi: ‘I am a founder of the party and I will not kill it’

“I will appeal on behalf of the more than 40,000 party members to the ROS not to deregister PRS.”. 

He said the debate on who should reply to the letter was irrelevant as it was addressed to him as the chief executive of an organisation gone wrong. 

“It is my responsibility to explain to the ROS.” 

Dr Masing has confirmed that the ROS had ruled that he had breached the party constitution by sacking six key office-bearers on May 25 without first giving them a chance to defend themselves. 

Sidi was one of the six dismissed.  

Sidi is a key figure in deputy president Datuk Sng Chee Hua's camp which censured and “removed” Dr Masing as party president on June 14. 

The censure was on the grounds that Dr Masing had acted against the party's interests in sacking the six office-bearers. 

Sidi said that after Dr Masing was censured, he had to relinquish his presidency as required by the constitution. 

“We now want to have a healing period to regroup and reunite party members (from both the Dr Masing and Sng factions),” he added. 

“We hope that Dr Masing could advise supreme council members in his faction to attend the next council meeting,” said Sidi. 

He said that as an elected representative, Dr Masing could attend the supreme council meeting but would have no voting rights.  

The meeting is expected to fix a date for the party’s triennial delegates conference to elect a new president. 

(Dr Masing and Sng now have separate supreme councils and the two factions operate at different party headquarters.) 

Sidi urged all party members to accept the ROS’ decision and close ranks to rebuild the party.  

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