Here's an update on the merging process between SPDP and PRS, two party components of Barisan Nasional Sarawak . The two parties have shortlisted three names to be considered for the new party. The proposed new names are listed below:

1). Bersatu Rakyat Sarawak (Beras),
2). Demokratik Rakyat Sarawak (Deras) or
3). Bersatu Progresif Rakyat Sarawak (BPRS)

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Source: Three names shortlisted for merger By Raynore Mering Seven names suggested for proposed new party formed by SPDP-PRS merger KUCHING: The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) took a major step towards their merger last night, when they announced three shortlisted names for their new party. Bersatu Rakyat Sarawak (Beras), Demokratik Rakyat Sarawak (Deras) or Bersatu Progresif Rakyat Sarawak (BPRS) are the three names now being considered from a list of seven proposed names. The names were announced at a press conference after a brief meeting between the merger committees of the two parties at Toh Yuen Restaurant in the Hilton Kuching at about 10.30pm. SPDP secretary general Sylvester Entrie Muran said they hoped to get feedback from the grounds on which of the three names were most suitable for their merged party. He pointed out that the two committees have agreed that their parties should merge. “After several meetings between the merger committees, we both agreed on the merger in the best interest of our parties,” he said. SPDP’s merger committee is headed by the party’s deputy president Datuk Peter Nyarok and his members are Entrie and senior vice president. The chairman of the PRS merger committee is Datuk Billy Abit, who is a PRS vice president, and his members are vice president John Sikie Tayai and secretary general Wilfred Nissom. Abit pointed out that he was “standing-in” as chairman of the committee for Datuk Dublin Unting, who is recuperating at the Normah Medical Specialist Centre following a stroke. Asked what the urgency was in announcing the three names, Nansian replied that Dublin had actually wanted the names to be made known before he was hospitalised. “He (Dublin) had actually called me at about 10.30am on that day (May 22, 2008, when Dublin was hospitalised) and said that we should announce the names,” he said, adding that they had held the announcement back until PRS decided that Abit should stand in for Dublin. The committee said the announcement had nothing to do with political developments in Sabah yesterday. The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) intends to support a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Monday. He added that there was no time table set for the eventual merger, and that the two committees would meet again to decide on the name of the new party as well as other relevant matters such as the leadership of the party.


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