By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Oct 13: Julau MP Larry Sng claims there are individuals within Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) who feel threatened by the surge of membership in Julau, as it will affect the outcome of whom will be the party’s deputy president.
Citing a `reliable’ party insider, Sng said most welcomed the rapid rise in membership, but certain quarters were trying their level best to disqualify Julau’s vote in the upcoming party election.
“In Sarawak, (in) Julau, (there are) many of my supporters joined the party since I joined PKR. Although this is a welcome news by the PKR leadership, there is a minority who feel threatened and are using all tactics to nullify our membership to disqualify Julau’s vote,” he told DayakDaily.
Sng opined this `minority’ feared that if Julau was allowed to vote, it would end deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s political career since results in other states are more or less even.
“That is why Julau, unlike any other `cabang’ (branch), is being highlighted,” he said.
On today’s article in a local daily that a Meluan branch member was surprised that the names of his three children and wife were in members’ list even though they never joined the party, Sng denied knowing that member.
“I personally don’t know the individual mentioned. However, what I do know is that there is a huge surge of voter membership since the 14th General Election (GE14) throughout the country.
“My advice to those who question their membership, they need not turn up to vote. Their vote will not be misused either because the party has adopted e-voting, which requires individuals to turn up with their IC to generate a QRC code for them to vote electronically.
“It is foolproof and near zero margin of error. If they wish to be removed from the party’s list, they are welcome to come to my service centres in Julau or Pakan, and we will submit their details to PKR headquarters to remove them from the members’ list,” said Sng.
In the party election, no one challenged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the president’s post, while the party’s No 2 Azmin is challenged by vice-president Rafizi Ramli for the deputy president’s post.
Recently, Sng publicly announced that he supported Rafizi, while Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian and his supporters are in Azmin’s camp. — DayakDaily