Four claim Masing’s action is invalid

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 28 May 2006

KUCHING: Four of the six key Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) office bearers who were removed from their appointed positions are claiming that their president Datuk Dr James Masing’s action is invalid and ultra vires. 

However, Dr Masing has re-appointed the other two, former information chief Wilfred Nissom as the new secretary-general replacing Sidi Munan, and deputy secretary-general Larry Sng Wei Shien as the new information chief. 

Dr Masing’s special officer and the party's new deputy information chief Tedewin Ngumbang said Dr Masing had issued show-cause letters to three other appointed supreme council members – Thomas Tomi, Peter Atok and Dalang Intol.  

They have been given 14 days to explain why disciplinary actions should not be taken against them.  

It is not known on what grounds the letters were issued.  

EXPLANATION: Sidi (left) and Chua holding a press conference at PRS’registered headquarters in Kuching yesterday. They also showed theapproval of the new headquarters address from the Registrar ofSocieties.

“Our termination is invalid and ultra vires of the party constitution as the president has not followed certain procedures. We will stay put in our respective party positions,” said the removed party’s deputy information chief Ernest Chua Kheng Hua at a press conference at the party’s registered headquarters in Green Heights Commercial Centre here yesterday. 

He said while Article VIII 15(a) of the party constitution gives the power to the president to terminate the membership of the appointed members of the supreme council, it states that “a show-cause letter shall first be issued to the aggrieved member and he shall be given 14 days to defend himself as to why his membership in the supreme council should not be terminated”. 

Chua said Dr Masing did not issue the six with any show-cause letters or gave any reason for terminating their services.  

The six, who were appointed in January last year, include Sidi, Larry (also state assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Department), treasurer-general Clement Eddy, deputy treasurer-general Sng Chee Beng and Wilfred.  

Larry is the son and Chee Beng is the brother of deputy president Datuk Sng Chee Hua, who was reportedly in feud with Dr Masing. 

The new treasurer-general is Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang, with Balai Ringgin assemblyman Snowdan Lawan as his deputy.  

Sidi, Chua and Chee Beng were among the seven founding members of PRS, which obtained its approval from the Registrar of Societies on Oct 21, 2004 – the same day Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak was de-registered for failing to resolve a leadership crisis.  

PRS was subsequently admitted as a member of the Barisan Nasional. 

In a one-paragraph letter sent separately to the six on Friday, Dr Masing said he was exercising his power vested under Article IX Clause 4(a) of the party constitution to terminate their respective party positions.  

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