Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Datuk Sri James Jemut Masing said he welcomed the open support of Audie Chua for his faction but insisted the Batu Lintang PRS division is invalid.

“I thank him (Chua) for supporting us.”

“I also thank the 1536 members who now support us and it’s good to know that there are another 1,000 members who are now supporting us” Borneo Post reported Masing as saying.

Audi Chua said to be staunched supporter Larry Sng issued a joint statement to Borneo Post on Nov 22 saying he recognized Masing status as president of the party.

The statement were issued following recent news reports of PRS secretary general Wilfred Rata Nissom that said Registrar of Societies (ROS) approved the change of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) legal registered address to Pending from Green Height.

Asked on the status of PRS Batu Lintang in which Audie Chua lead, Masing said “It is invalid. We have a total of 28 divisions in Sarawak and Batu Lintang is not on my list,”

Masing also added “setting up a branch in Batu Lintang is not a priority”.

Athanasius Audie Chua who is also a blogger was sacked together with several others including Larry Sng in June 2007.