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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Jan 4: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak chief Larry Sng has no intention to contest in the upcoming Sarawak Election.
He told DayakDaily that he had made known his intention to his party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Sng also stated that it is his choice to be left out of this Sarawak Election to allow others to lead PKR Sarawak into the 12th Sarawak Election.
“I have indicated to my party president that I do not wish to contest this state election. Give others a chance to stand and lead this state election,” said Sng.
Sng who is also Julau MP drew a clear line between PKR Sarawak election director and PKR Sarawak chief.
“The various branch chairmen have determined that the chairman of Sarawak leadership and the candidate for CM (Chief Minister) leadership are two separate matters.
“By definition, someone other than myself can lead the party in the state election without affecting my position as chairman of the state (PKR Sarawak),” said Sng.
On Dec 21, 2020, he dropped a bombshell announcing his resignation as PKR Sarawak chief to pave the way for a Dayak to lead the party.
In a social media posting, Sng said after much consideration, he had decided that it was in the best interest of PKR Sarawak to be led by a Dayak leader to go into Sarawak Election.
Sng’s resignation had caused PKR Sarawak Leadership Council (MPN) to convene an emergency meeting the next day. It was unanimously decided in the meeting that Sng’s resignation as MPN chairman (or Sarawak chief) was rejected. Instead, the meeting agreed to give Sng full mandate and support until the next PKR election.
On Dec 26, Sng announced that he shall remain as PKR Sarawak chief in the interim while continuing to lead the political party into the next Sarawak Election.
Sng explained that he agreed to hold the post after discussions with Anwar the day before.
Sng’s resignation on Dec 21, 2020, however, has engendered speculations that he might be leaving PKR Sarawak for good to join a local party. He has been highly speculated to be joining Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) which he denied.
“Don’t believe in rumours,” he said, in response to the rumours of his leaving PKR Sarawak for PSB. — DayakDaily