Rival PRS supreme councils to meet separately today; two sets of nominations likely as a result
KUCHING: The two Parti Rakyat
Sarawak (PRS) factions will
hold separate supreme council meetings
today with the possibility of drawing up
their list of candidates for the coming
The supreme council under Larry Sng
will meet at their headquarters in
Green Heights in the morning while the
supreme council led by Dato Sri Dr James
Masing will meet in Pending later in the afternoon.
Party sources said both supreme
councils could be discussing their
candidates for the coming polls but the
list may only be finalised when the
Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership calls
for nominations from all coalition parties.
At present, each of the two PRS factions
has two MPs. Sri Aman MP Jimmy Donald
and Lubok Antu MP Jawah Gerang are
aligned to Sng while Selangau MP Joseph
Entulu Belaun and Hulu Rajang MP Billy
Abit Joo are in Masing’s camp.
It is almost certain that the two supreme
councils will propose candidates to replace
the MPs in the rival faction.
There are already murmurs on the
grounds of certain new faces in some PRS
The supreme councils are also expected
to discuss candidates for Julau and Kanowit.
The Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang
Gandum is presently partyless while
Kanowit MP Aaron Ago Dagang is a
supreme council member of the Sarawak
Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).
PRS is staking its claim on Julau and
Kanowit based on the State coalition’s
decision in the May 2006 State election
that the party would contest in all seats
represented by the defunct Parti Bansa
Dayak Sarawak (PBDS).
Given the current state of PRS, the BN
leadership may receive two separate lists
of parliamentary candidates from the factions.
The BN leadership has not yet called
for nominations from coalition parties
although it is widely rumoured that the
parliamentary polls would be held within
the first half of this year — probably even
within the next one or two months. The
parliamentary election is actually due only in 2009.
PRS, meanwhile, is still waiting for the
Registrar of Societies (ROS) to resolve its
internal crisis which erupted after the
State election last year.
There are claims that that decision will
be announced after the parliamentary