James Masing the president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak has been resurrected from the dead. I mean the dead presidentship.
Registrar of Societies Datuk Md Alias Kalil confirmed yesterday that James Masing is the legitimate president of PRS. ROS before this have submitted their official letter indicating that the PRS is off the hook (will not be registered) but ROS never indicate their recognition on which person is the legitimate president of the party in that latter. That's why confusion still arise even after the official announcement that PRS will not be registered.
Previously, both Masing and Larry have been having a family squabble insisting that each one is the party president. Both argue on the legitimacy of the party presidency status for over a year. ROS, Taib Mahmud and even Badawi just stand together with the spectator watching the show instead of dealing with the problem direct. It was a crab mentality on their part.
Back to the real world now. So Masing is on the winning side and Larry being the loser is confirmed to be expelled and Larry is now partyless. But in actual fact, PRS is the big loser not Larry Sng. PRS no doubt is seeing a new dawn with Masing as the confirmed president and he need to decide on what to do with his opposing camp lead by Larry.
PRS will start new but probably without its other half, assuming Larry Sng and his camp members totally abandoned PRS and create yet another splinter party or join the real Opposition parties (likely to join DAP or PKR). If that happen PRS will be severely weaken.
Assuming Larry Sng and his group reconcile with Masing and re-pledge their undying support for Masing, Masing would have better support on the surface. Deep inside, the scar will takes time to heal and who knows, Larry Sng might just ambush Masing when the next opportunity call by.
Extracted from: theborneopost.com/?p=33525 (Apr 04, 2008)
Masing is PRS president
By Samuel Aubrey
That’s how it is. Dato Sri Dr James Masing is still the president: ROS
KUCHING: Dato Sri Dr James Jemut Masing is the legitimate president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Registrar of Societies Datuk Md Alias Kalil confirmed yesterday.
With this confirmation by the ROS, the protracted party crises appears to have been resolved.
Contacted at his office in Putrajaya, Alias said Masing was still the PRS president and explained that the April 1 letter, which contained his decision not to deregister PRS, was written in response to the show cause reply given by Masing in his capacity as PRS president on Sept 15, 2006.
“That’s how it is. Dato Sri Dr James Masing is still the president. I think my explanation in the letter is already clear enough, and I do not want to add anything more,” said Alias during the telephone interview.
Since Alias confirmed that Masing is PRS president, all decisions he and his supreme council had made from the time of the sacking until now are deemed valid.
This means that Larry Sng and nine others had been expelled from the party because Masing’s supreme council had expelled them early last year.
Masing also told The Borneo Post on Wednesday that he would be holding a supreme council meeting tomorrow, after which, he would be able to give a clearer picture about his party’s rejuvenation plans.
When asked if he would reinstate Sng and nine others, he said he would have to discuss this with his supreme council members as well as the state BN leadership. Sng is an assistant minister as well as assemblyman.
Letters containing Alias’ decision were hand-delivered on Wednesday by two ROS officers from Kuala Lumpur to Masing at his office in Petra Jaya at 10am and to the party’s registered headquarters at Green Heights Commercial Centre.
The decision was on the show cause letter that Alias’ predecessor had issued the party after Masing had sacked six of PRS’ principal office-bearers on May 25, 2006. The show cause letter, which was sent on Sept 7, 2006, warned that the party could be deregistered.
PRS is embroiled in a leadership tussle, with Masing’s camp having its own headquarters in Jalan Pending, while the other camp headed by Sng is occupying the registered headquarters at Green Heights.
Understandably both the Masing and Sng camps have come with their own interpretations that favoured their respective camps. They nonetheless agreed that the party was now safe.
In the first paragraph of the three-paragraph letter, which was addressed to the PRS ‘Setiausaha (Secretary)’, Alias referred to a reply given by Masing on Sept 15, 2006, to the show cause letter.
The second paragraph reads: “Dimaklumkan bahawa setelah meneliti alasan-alasan yang dikemukakan oleh pihak YB Dato Sri Dr James Jemut Masing berkaitan pemecatan ahli jawatankuasa Parti Rakyat Sarawak, saya bersetuju tidak meneruskan tindakan pembatalan Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) dibawah Seksyen 13(1)(c)(iv) Akta Pertubuhan 1966.”