PRS will object if SWP applies to join BN, says Masing


KUCHING: SWP will not find it easy to join Barisan Nasional if it hopes to do so. PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Masing said his party would object if SWP ever applied to join Barisan “to put a stop to SWP’s wishful thinking”.

“Barisan constitution states that any admission to Barisan coalition requires unanimous decision of all component parties,” he said.

He was responding to SWP president Larry Sng’s statement that the party would apply to be a Barisan component if it performed well in the coming general elections.

Commenting on the same matter, a senior PRS leader alleged that SWP was trying to trap Barisan Nasional with its inconstistent stand.

The leader, who requested anonymity, said SWP could say anything it like, but in reality it would not be an easy ride for them to get into Barisan if they fought against Barisan. PRS is within Barisan and if SWP contested against PRS in the coming parliamentary election, they were actually fighting Barisan.

“After you have fought Barisan, you want to join Barisan? To me, you are trying to approve inconsistency in Barisan,” he said.

He pointed out that Barisan’s strength rested on its consistency and stoutness of principle. He said if Barisan accepted SWP after it had fought Barisan, the coalition would lose its credibility, which would eventually lead to instability within the coalition.

“Anyway, it will not happen (SWP join Bari-san) because PRS will stand in its way,” he said.

Sng, the former Pelagus assemblyman, was recently quoted as saying: “...we will see the outcome of the election. We will also see at that point whether we can do a formal application to join BN or we will wait up for a little bit longer.”

He claimed that the party had been supportive of Barisan since its establishment and had been Barisan- friendly, despite the fact that it would be contesting in all the seats held by PRS. He noted that SWP did not have quarrels with PBB, SUPP and SPDP, adding that their claims were only PRS seats.

The PRS seats are Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Kanowit, Hulu Rajang and Selangau.

Sng stated it was the ultimate aim of SWP to replace PRS.

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