By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, May 15: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak grassroots leaders in several Parliamentary seats such as Mas Gading, Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Petra Jaya, Kanowit, Lanang, Lubok Antu and Bintulu are expected to resign in the near future.
The prediction has come from PKR Sarawak chairman Larry Sng who posts in his social media page that he is expecting their resignations as their defection has been an “open secret”.
“In the coming days, PKR Sarawak will see a number of resignations by grassroots leaders aligned to the previous leadership stretching from Mas Gading, Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Petra Jaya, Kanowit, Lanang, Lubok Antu and Bintulu.
“This should not come as a surprise as rumours of their defection has been an open secret for many weeks.
“I want to wish them well in every sense of the word as they have contributed immensely to the success and the struggles of the party over the past 20 years,” Sng said his social media page.
He said their resignations have spelled a sad period in PKR Sarawak’s history as well as their loyal supporters.
Sng believed that these grassroots leaders wanted to leave PKR Sarawak because they feel disenfranchised with the leadership while at the same time, they fail to see the rooms for survival and growth.
On another note, Sng observed that there was a move within PKR Sarawak recently by certain members who wanted to cleanse the remaining “cartel members” from the State Leadership Council (MPN) line up by constantly attacking them on the social media.
“I took this issue seriously and brought it to the attention of the most senior party leadership, to the extent of severing my relationship with a vice president and being labelled ‘another Baru Bian’.
“I don’t care honestly whether that affects my chances of being a Minister or not in any future appointments but I feel deeply that it is my duty to protect every member who have decided to throw their support behind the president and present leadership within PKR, regardless of whether they were cartel previously.
“The easy choice for the cartel is to leave, but should they choose instead to stay, the party must protect them.
“I am willing to stick my neck out for each and everyone of them if I must. That to me is true leadership. To fight for the whole team. That is the only way we can move as a formidable force.
“I have also brought back old members like Dominique Ng and with the advise of the President, Harrison Ngau and Dato Sri Hafsah (Harun) into the MPN so that the DNA of the party will remain the same.
“We have to go back to the roots of our struggle and keep the identity of PKR very much alive,” he added.
Sng said he does not seek any positions and glamour but only wish to do his job by delivering a bigger winning for PKR Sarawak in the coming Sarawak election.
He stressed that he does not wish to contest in the national PKR party election in 2021 but focuses on his services to Sarawak.
“If my services are still needed, I will continue to lead, otherwise I hope by then more leaders of better calibre would be there to take over.
“That is the contribution that I would like to leave behind for the people, bringing up the future generation of responsible leaders to care and protect for Sarawak’s interest,” he said.
Sng also recalled his bitter and painful experiences dealing with failure and disappointment in his political career for the last 20 years, starting from the de-registration of his first party, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) to being sacked by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and later to resign in Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) which he set up. — DayakDaily