The Inside sources. (The merger talk started as early as July 2005. It must be noted that earlier PRS Supreme Council Meetings the issue was just touched on and nothing came of it and mosts of the time it was just brushed aside. The council members concentrated on the of setting up Bureaus,Divisions and going on Membership drive as the agenda from the 1st-8th Supreme Council meetings
May 25th 2006 PRS Crisis starts- 2 Camps
March 10th 2007 SPDP President Mawan said PRS leadership problem makes pursuing possibility of merger of coalition partners impossible.
November 9th 2007 Dato Sri Dr James Jemut Masing is in no hurry to hold a merger talk with SPDP.
May 8th 2008 We said The walls are starting to Shake!!. Drama at its bests… Two Multi- racial BN parties merging as one entity.
May 9th 2008 The merged SPDP and PRS will become the second largest party in Sarawak going by the number of its elected representatives.
May 17th 2008 Merger easy at the top uncertainty at grassroots.
May 29th 2008 PRS-SPDP in the right mood to merge.
Latest :-Masing said while it was important for the leaders of both parties to work together towards the merger, it was even more important to get approval of the members on the ground.
May 30th 2008. This prompted a Youth leader Leon Jimat Donald aligned to Larry Sng to come out and query Masing. When did you consult the grassroots? Are the 19 Divisions which are with Larry consulted? He even asked Masing to refer to read the article of April 10th 2008 that they still do not recognise Masing as President of PRS. The 19 divisions still reminded Masing not to manufacture overlapping and illegal divisions. The ROS has not up till today the 30th of May 2008 replied to the ” legal lists of office bearers”.
Leon said that It seems that the MARRIAGE of SPDP-PRS is an exercise of convenience for the leaders and not the grassroots. The divisional leaders are not even consulted and no official statements are forthcoming from the PRS Headquarters.
The PRS Constitution clearly states in Article XX and reads as 1. The Party shall not be dissolved/merged except by:-a) A resolution passed at the triennial Delegates Conference attended by not less 3/5s of the delegates eligible to attend under the provisions of article V11 Clause 1(a) of this constitution b) a 2/3rds majority of votes of the members present at such TDC as provided under clause 1(a) of this article.
2. notice of the dissolution/merger shall be submitted to the registrar of Societies within 14 days from the date of dissolution having been passed under clause 19a) and (b) of this article.
Is it so simple? Yes if all parties and the constitution is followed in total. The present scenario with the government of the day being under great surveillance and scrutiny it is not merely asimple tasks. Questions will be asked and if answers are not forthcoming especiallyt in Parliament there will be Uproars.
Our View stays:- Its already nearly two and three quarters years of talks and consultations from July 2005 till now. Let the merger take its natural course and until there are concrete and detail plans it will remain still a “QUESTION MARK” and also maintain the momentum and prove me wrong……
Wishing all members and supporters of Party Rakyat Sarawak and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party “Selamat Hari Gawai” “Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai” Happy Merging…….