KUCHING, Nov 13: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) has set up six divisions in Johor with a total membership of 6,000.
These six divisions include Tiram, Johor Jaya, Permas, Skudai, Nusa Jaya and Senai.
From the 6,000 members, about half of them have registered as voters in Johor.
“They may be the kingmakers in the coming general election,” said PDP president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing at the launching of the party’s new name and logo held last night at a hotel here.
Tiong said, moving forward, the party will expand its network to Selangor where it has already decided that three divisions will be set up, while Negeri Sembilan will have two divisions, and a few more in Klang Valley area.
“Our presence there is only to ensure BN (Barisan Nasional) wins through the votes of the Sarawakians who have registered in Peninsular Malaysia, especially in the state of Johor.
“The taking away of the word ‘Sarawak’ does not give the implication that we will love our motherland less as we have sworn to make Sarawak proud with our lives and blood.
“The name PDP was chosen to ensure that more Anak Sarawak working outside Sarawak may contribute and support the continuity of this party especially in Peninsular Malaysian states,” explained Tiong.
He said they obtained the approval of Registrar of Societies on Feb 3, 2017 to drop the word “Sarawak” from the party’s former name — Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party — to just Progressive Democratic Party. — DayakDaily