KUCHING, Aug 27: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) is introducing Peli Aron as the party’s potential candidate for Simanggang for the coming 12th Sarawak state election.
Peli is the PBK deputy president and has been involved in politics since 2000.
Peli Aron received his early education at St. Luke Elementary School in Simanggang and also at St. Thomas’ National Secondary School in Kuching before going to Tanjong Lobang School in Miri.
He then took up law studies under the Colombo Plan Scholarship in Victoria University of Wellington from 1969 to 1975 and upon graduation, he was admitted to practice as barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.
Upon his return to Sarawak, Peli was appointed as registrar of Land and Survey Department in Kuching in 1976. In the same year, while serving as registrar of Land and Survey Department, he was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Sarawak.
He served as registrar and legal officer in Sibu and Kuching until 1983 before opening his own law firm in Sri Aman – Peli Anak Advocates.
Apart from being a lawyer, Peli is an ordained pastor who travelled widely in Sarawak. He co-founded the Maranatha Baptist Church.
Peli obtained Master of Divinity Degree in Penang Baptist Theological Seminary. His mission work took him to the United States of America where he worked among the native American Indians in 1990.
His Christian work took him to many countries including to South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand and Australia.
He was also active in social work and was at one time the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) chairman of Sri Aman.
PBK president Voon Lee Shan said Peli is passionate in protecting native land rights while his mission in PBK is to set Sarawak free and independent from the federation of Malaysia.
“His view is that Sarawak with its oil and gas and other natural resources will be better off if Sarawak is independent. He is concerned that Sarawak will lose all its oil and gas resources to the federal government,” said Voon in a statement.-DayakDaily