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 his own uncle, Former Governor and Chief Minister, Tun Abdul Rahman Ya'kub.

Sarawak Malaysian People's Association
Persatuan Rakyat Malaysia Sarawak
LeaderAbdul Rahman Ya'kub
Split fromParti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu
National affiliationKumpulan Maju (1987)

During the 1987 State Election, PERMAS were able to win 5 seats, alongside its ally Sarawak Dayak People's Party or 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

General election results

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
0 / 180
27,618 ; No representation in Parliament Abdul Rahman Ya'kub

State election results

State election State Legislative Assembly
Sarawak Total won / Total contested
2/3 majority
2 / 3
5 / 48
5 / 21
0 / 56
0 / 12


  1. Lindsay, Murdoch (29 September 1991). "Borneo anti-logging party loses election". The Age (Australia). Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2015.

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