Teo: PKR S’wak in no hurry to hold party elections, prepare for state elections first

Chong (seated second right) addressing the press conference as Teo (seated second left), Joshua (standing third left), Abdul Halil (seated first right) and other committee members listened on.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, March 19: Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is in no hurry for its party election for a new chairman following the recent resignation of its former leader Larry Sng.

PKR acting representative Dr Michael Teo said the replacement would only come later as their main attention is on the upcoming 12th Sarawak State Elections (PRN12).

“Now, we want to focus on the coming (state) elections. We think a better time to hold party elections is after the state elections, not now.

“Now we consolidate, unite and after the elections, only then, we will probably go for a party election for a new chairman,” he said.

Teo, who is also newly elected Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) deputy chairperson replacing Sng, also said PKR is currently run by the Council of Elders.

Meanwhile, State PH secretary Joshua Jabeng also pointed out that the party election can be put off for a little while more because the party with its Council of Elders would carry on with “collective leadership” and as a team.

“Whatever it is, we are going to face an election, so we need to make preparations. We focus our energy on elections first, because that is more important than our own party election,” he said during a press conference at Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) headquarters here today.

During the press conference, Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Chong Chieng Jen announced the new lineup of office bearers and committee members of his coalition where Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) Sarawak chairman Abg Abdul Halil Abg Naili remained as the second deputy chairperson.

Sng had joined PKR shortly after winning in Julau as an independent in the 2018 general election. Then, he was appointed State PKR chairman in March 2020 after former chairman Baru Bian left the party.

It was on Feb 28 that Sng was confirmed to have resigned from PKR as well and joined Perikatan Nasional (PN). —DayakDaily