Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: Sri Aman residents who had voted for its MP Datuk Masir Kujat felt cheated after the former Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) man left to join Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).

Dr James Jemut Masing

PRS president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing (pic) said that after the 14th general election (GE14), Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) representatives received their funds for Minor Rural Project (MRP) and Rural Transformation Project (RTP) which amounted to a total of RM7 million annually.

“So, the RM35 million grant (for five years) supposedly received by the Sri Aman MP for developments in Sri Aman, is gone since he crossed over to PSB,” said Masing when officiating at the GPS Balai Ringin solidarity night at Dewan Serbaguna SJK Chung Hua in Serian on Friday.

The deputy chief minister said that Masir’s actions made his voters felt cheated, adding that the latter is also set to contest for the Balai Ringin seat in the upcoming state polls.

“At this juncture, it is the Sri Aman voters who are the losers as the development funding is brought away.

“If he (Masir) is chosen in the polls for Balai Ringin, that will be your (Balai Ringin voters) fault. You know how his political career is, will you still vote for him?” asked Masing.

Commenting on PSB’s decision to contest in all 82 state seats, the PRS president said that he was not surprised.

“In their efforts to take over the state, PSB has to form a majority and in order to do that, they have to contest in all seats.

“Regardless, we hope that the people will make a wise decision especially in evaluating GPS’ struggle,” he said.

Masing stressed that GPS’ direction is clear in which it is fighting for the state’s rights based on the Federal Constitution and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Some 2,000 people attended the event. Also present were Youth and Sports Assistant Minister and Balai Ringin assemblyman Datuk Snowdan Lawan, GPS secretarygeneral and Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang and Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep.