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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, April 16: Prominent local businessman and former politician Datuk Sng Chee Hua has been sued for bankruptcy by his younger brother Sng Chee Kian.
Chee Kian had on March 24, filed a petition in the Kuching High Court to have his older brother declared bankrupt, as indicated by a bankruptcy search at the Department of Insolvency.
The older Sng is the father of Julau MP Larry Sng, who when contacted, said the case involved a family affair, adding that he preferred to stay out of the dispute between his father and uncle.
Chee Hua is a prolific figure in Sarawak, well known for his ‘go-getter’ philosophy of life and way of handling politics and business.
He was Pelagus assemblyman for two terms, between 1991 and 2001 where at the same time he was also Julau MP between 1995 and 1999.
His political career peaked when he was Vice President of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS). The party, however, was de-registered in 2003 following an internal power struggle.
Chee Hua and PBDS information chief Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing left the party to form the new Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).
In 2018, the political partnership between the two came to end after another leadership tussle within the party which resulted in both Chee Hua and Larry being expelled.
The father and son duo then took over an existing party — Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) in 2012 — and tried to re-energise it as a platform for them to continue their political careers.
Chee Hua tried to make a comeback in politics in the 2013 general election and contested under SWP, but lost to his former party colleague, Datuk Joseph Entulu, who was then PRS deputy president.
Larry managed to win the Julau parliamentary seat in the 2018 general election. — DayakDaily