Sarawak Malaysian People's Association

The Sarawak Malaysian People's Association or Persatuan Rakyat Malaysia Sarawak (PERMAS) is now a defunct Malaysian political party based in Sarawak.The party itself was formed in 1987, during the infamous 1987 Ming Court Affair, by a faction dissatisfied with the Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, led by none other than his uncle, Former Governor and Chief Minister, Tun Abdul Rahman Ya'kub.

Sarawak Malaysian People's Association

Persatuan Rakyat Malaysia Sarawak
LeaderAbdul Rahman Ya'kub
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During the 1987 State Election, PERMAS were able to win 5 seats,alongside its ally Sarawak Dayak People's Party (Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak,PBDS). However,they failed to unseat Taib from the State Government, and they tried again in 1991. However,things were no longer in their favour, as the Barisan Nasional, led in Sarawak by Taib, had an overwhelming victory, gaining 49 out of 56 seats in the State Legislative Council.[1] The crushing defeat marked the end of PERMAS, and it was later dissolved.

Notable Leaders

  • Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman Ya'kub
  • Datuk Salleh Jafaruddin
  • Datuk Bujang Ulis @ Bujang Hadziri
  • Haji Samat Taba


  1. Lindsay, Murdoch (29 September 1991). "Borneo anti-logging party loses election". The Age (Australia). Retrieved 24 September 2015.
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