KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) lost three out of six seats contested in the 14th General Election due to the lack of cohesiveness in Barisan Nasional.
Its party president Tan Sri James Jemut Masing said the four component parties under the state BN failed to move together as one.
“I don’t want to start finger-pointing on which component parties didn’t work together but I know we didn’t act as one,” he said.
PRS, he said, always remained united and always ready to support other component parties.
“But I don’t know about others (component parties),” he said.
Therefore Sarawak BN should realise the importance of being united in order to gain confidence and trust from the people, he said.
Masing said the sacking of former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, former Lubok Antu member of parliament Datuk William Nyalau Badak and a few supreme council members was not the main reason for the defeat.
“That’s not the reason why we lost but due to lack of cohesiveness in BN,” he sad
For the time being, he said, PRS will plays its role as a responsible opposition in governing the nation after the fall of Barisan Nasional.
The Deputy Chief Minister said the people of Malaysia had decided to have Pakatan Harapan to administrate the country, and the Sarawak BN was an opposition now.
“However, we will not oppose for the sake of opposing. We want to be a creditable opposition, so that when time for change comes, the people will once again believe in us.
“We will expose wrong doings and irregularities in the administration. We will oppose them and propose solutions that benefit the people,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference held after the supreme council meeting at the party headquarters here, Masing said PRS had been in the opposition between 1987 to 1994.
“We were once an opposition for seven years, so this (become an opposition again) is not something new to us,” he said.
He hoped that the federal government will not neglect the financial and constitutional obligations to Sarawak and other states which chose not to join Pakatan Harapan.