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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Feb 27: Sarawak Association for Peoples’ Aspirations (SAPA) president Dominique Ng called on the 11 PKR MPs aligned to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali who left the party and the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition to honorably resign from their positions.
“The 11 Parti Keadilan Sarawak (PKR) MPs, two (Azmin and Zuraida Kamaruddin) who were sacked for their roles in the ‘Sheraton gambit’ should honorably resign as the MPs of their respective constituencies.
“This is because they were elected upon the PH tickets and manifesto which promised to bring about a new Malaysia and which was supported by the population,” he told a press conference today.
Ng, who is a lawyer and social activist, pointed out that they were not elected upon their own rights but because they were part of the PH team which pulled a stunning victory and toppled the Barisan Nasional (BN) government in the last general election.
“Since they have been sacked or chosen to leave the party, they should therefore honorably resign from their respective MP positions.
“If indeed they think what they have done is correct, I don’t see why they cannot seek re-election. Let the people decide on their actions,” he added.
Earlier on, Ng informed that SAPA will be organising a forum, entitled ‘Sarawak on the Edge of the Precipice’ on March 7 at the Grand Continental Hotel.
The whole one-day event from 9am to 6pm, he said, aims to bring together concerned citizens, political parties and interested shareholders to talk and share on key issues facing Sarawak currently as well as challenges and possible ways ahead for the state at this turning point in history.
“Sarawak is, indeed, on the edge of precipice. This week’s events at federal level have only served to underline the inconsistencies of our position in the country as a whole.
“This forum, and others like it, are vital in a process of educating the people about the future of our state,” he said.
The forum, which is open to the public, will feature speakers including former federal judge Dato Seri Mohd Hishammuddin Yunus, Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) president Datuk John Lau, SUPP Bawang Assan branch chairman Robert Lau Hui Yew, Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan, Aspirasi (formerly known as Star) president Lina Soo, Gala & Tomik Advocates managing partner Wejok Tomik as well as Sabah Sarawak Rights-Australia New Zealand Incorporation (SSRANZ) president Robert Pei.
There will also be two plenary sessions to enable public to ask and engage with the speakers. —DayakDaily