PBK president: Ties with PKR ‘impossible’ due to ‘Malayan party’ status

Voon Lee Shan

KUCHING, Jan 26: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) could not have ties with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) simply because the latter is a Malayan party, says PBK president Voon Lee Shan.

His statement came following a previous statement that alleged both parties to have unanimously supported the proposal that Sarawak appoint a Sarawak Governor (TYT) from the non-Muslim Dayak community, which gave the impression that the two parties have political ties.

“It is not in the interest of Sarawak if PBK is to work with PKR because PKR is a party from Malaya.

“Therefore, the statement or news that PBK and PKR had made a joint statement concerning the appointment of the TYT is mischievous with intention to create confusion among Sarawakians,” Voon said in a statement today.

The alleged statement was reshared on PBK’s Facebook page on Jan 20 and went viral.

On Jan 25, Sarawak PKR secretary Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh clarified that the statement was the personal opinion of PKR Hulu Rajang branch chairman Abun Sui Anyit and does not reflect the party’s stance.

On a separate note, Voon stressed that PBK has never had any contact with PKR or its leaders about any political matters affecting Sarawak.

“Even if they wish to approach us, PBK would find it difficult to work with political parties from Malaya.

“This is because we would feel that to work with a political party from Malaya could be seen that PBK is in support of ‘looting’ or the taking by Malaya of Sarawak’s rights and natural resources,” he added. — DayakDaily