PRS: Merger should benefit all


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Mar 2006

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

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

Both parties should also take into account the well-being of its Chinese and Malay members and supporters, he said in a press statement here yesterday. 

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

PRS has said it preferred formal talks to begin only after the state election, which is due in seven months. 

On the controversial Belaga and Ngemah state seats, Chua said all top state Barisan leaders had agreed during the supreme council meeting last December that PRS be given the right to nominate candidates for the two constituencies in the coming polls.  

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