PRS says merger with SPDP will benefit both BN parties

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  • Tuesday, 14 Mar 2006

KUCHING: The proposed merger of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) - both Dayak-based parties which are components of the Barisan Nasional - should benefit all members.  

PRS’s deputy information officer Ernest Chua said while the merger of the two Barisan Nasional components was a good move, it should not be done only in the interests of the Dayaks. 

Both parties should also take into account the well-being of their Chinese and Malay members and supporters. 

"All leaders of the two parties should bear this in mind," he added in a press statement on Tuesday. 

Both parties have set up their own merger panels to negotiate terms and conditions for them to come under a single new political entity. 

Although SPDP is keen to quickly forge the merger, PRS has said it would prefer formal talks to begin only after the state election, which is due in seven months. 

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