Gag order on state BN parties — Masing

Tan Sri Datuk Amar James Masing

KUCHING: State Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties have been issued a gag order not to make any political statements in the media.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Datuk Amar James Masing said because of that, whatever political matters discussed among party leaders would be confined within the four walls.

“We have been told not to make political statements in the press and I must abide by the rules of the game. Because of that I am not going to discuss anything on politics at least for now,” he said.

He disclosed this at a news conference after chairing the party’s supreme council meeting at its headquarters at Jalan Pending here yesterday.

Masing, who is Land Development Minister, did not reveal the specific reason for the gag order but apparently it was to defuse the present political squabbling among some leaders in the state.

“We did discuss about politics during our meeting today but it is not for the consumption of the media. On July 2, I went to see PM (Prime Minister) personally to discuss on political issue(s) but what we discussed is not for public consumption.

“Actually to tell you the truth, I do talk with PM and CM (Chief Minister) on political matters and I know where we stand. So let us just leave it like that and there is no need for me to elaborate,” he said.

He added that all he could say was his discussions with the premier and chief minister was a fruitful one.

“This shows that we are always keeping in touch with the state and federal BN leaders, so it is wrong if people accuse us of just shooting in the dark when in fact we do talk to the leaders,” he said.

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