Masing can’t help but feeling nervous after seeing thousands of Parti Rakyat Sarawak members and supporters defecting to opposition alliances especially Parti Keadilan Rakyat as Sarawakians enter the new year.
Masing as reported by Borneo Post warned Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) against ignoring the fact that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had set in motion its political gears to lay siege on the ruling coalition come the next state election.
“The state BN is under siege from Pakatan Rakyat, if not now, it will be when the next state election comes,” said Masing, the Land Development Minister, in a New Year message yesterday.
“BN leaders both at the state and federal levels must not under-estimate such threat, and the ever changing political landscapes increase the danger the opposition poses,” he added.
Though he considered this outlook a “grim and dangerous political scenario”, Masing said he was still confident that the BN would withstand the onslaught of Pakatan Rakyat when the day comes.
“Sarawak BN’s concrete development programmes and its past records will become the fortress of its defense in the coming state election.
“Sarawak BN must continue, as it has been in the past, to be the government of all races and to all regions in the state. The understanding of these basic principles of governance by the state BN has been its pillars of strength,” he said.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) supreme council had on Christmas Eve announced that their de facto leader as well as that of Pakatan Rakyat, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, is the new liaison chief for Sarawak and Sabah.
PKR de facto leader Anwar recently declared that the two East Malaysian states are crucial if Pakatan serious about toppling the federal government.
The opposition pact under Anwar stewardship currently rule five states and represented by 81 Members of Parliament out of 222. In Sarawak PKR has two assemblymen after Gabriel Adit (Ngemah) joined the party on Nov 5.