Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Masing said today he will step down soon from his post as he has already been in politics for a long time.
“I don’t want to hold onto power when I am on a wheelchair,” the 69-year Deputy Chief Minister told reporters after witnessing the signing of oath of secrecy by five appointed PRS officials here today.
He said he is getting old and has been in active politics since 1983 when he contested in the state elections on a Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak’s ticket in Baleh.
At last Sunday’s triennial delegates conference (TDC), Masing was elected unopposed as PRS president, which he has held since the party was formed in 2004.
Asked whether he will be stepping down at the next party’s TDC in 2019, Masing said that TDC is three years away to go.
He also declined to say whether he will defend his Baleh seat in the next state elections due in 2021.
“When I finally step down, it is not because of the votes from my constituents. It is on my own free will,” he said, adding that ageing party leaders must be prepared to step down to give way to young people to take over.
“We have seen some parties of the Barisan Nasional whose leaders have refused to allow their young leaders to take over, and at the end of the day, these parties suffer due to lack of support,” he added, without naming any party.
The five key officials who signed their oath of secrecy were treasurer-general Malcom Mussein Lamoh, publicity chief Datuk Wilfred Rata Nissom, deputy secretary-general Janang Bungsu, deputy treasurer-general Edwin Banta and deputy publicity chief Christopher Gira Sambang.
Julau federal lawmaker Datuk Joseph Salang, who was appointed as secretary general, will take his oath of secrecy later.
Source : SULOK TAWIE@The Malay Mail Online