Baru returned as Sarawak PKR chairman

Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian

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KUCHING, Dec 15: Incumbent Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Baru Bian has retained his position as the state party chief.

His appointment was endorsed by the top party leadership including its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim after winning the majority’s vote when the ballot was unveiled earlier today.

PKR has 29 divisions in Sarawak and according to a party source, 22 had voted for Baru during the election process here on Friday (Dec 14).

Baru, the Lawas divisional chief and Mohdar Ismail of Sibuti were absent from the voting process and closed-door meeting chaired by Anwar, but it is understood that the Works Minister had his vote cast via a letter and accepted by the party.

Baru, who is also Selangau MP and state assemblyman for Ba’Kelalan, was challenged for the top post by Miri PKR chief and Member of Parliament Dr Michael Teo.

The chairmanship term will run from 2018-2021.

Baru joined PKR in April 2008 and was first elected as Sarawak PKR chairman in November 2009. — DayakDaily