By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, May 30: Politicians who hop from one political party to another better aligned to their political aspiration are intelligent movers.
Baru, who described such politicians as “intelligent frogs” joined Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) after being terminated as a leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak said those politicians have made wise decisions to seek a better platform to grow in their political journey.
“When a political party does not pursue its original vision or mission that you believe in, like PKR for example, we have no choice but to leave. Well, it will be silly to stay on, right?” he said.
“An intelligent katak will jump while a stupid katak will stay,” he said during a press conference at PSB’s headquarters here today.
Baru’s comments drew laughter from PSB’s leaders, in particular party president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, its secretary general George Lo and others PSB leaders who attended the press conference.
Asked why he did not start a new political party or a Dayak-based party, Baru explained that he had analysed the whole picture and believed that PSB was the best option to work together with now and would have a stronger chance of winning more seats for the opposition in the upcoming state election.
He added that he and other former PKR Sarawak members who quit the party did not want to cause a further split among the people of Sarawak by forming a new party.
Baru disclosed that PSB’s aspirations matched his and other former PKR Sarawak members’ vision for a new Sarawak.
As a result, he revealed that he and Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How had chosen to join PSB.
Baru also hinted that several leaders from former PKR Sarawak branches were expected to join PSB in the coming days.
He revealed that when he joined PKR Sarawak, he thought former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali whom he chose to follow would be the person to bring changes to Sarawak.
Nonetheless, that did not happen, coupled with broken promises and being disappointed with the attitude of certain former PKR leaders and the party’s mission, Baru said he and a few leaders had decided to leave the party.—DayakDaily