Larry Sng, who has quit as Sarawak PKR chairman, will meet party president Anwar Ibrahim soon on his next move – whether or not to quit the party.
Sng said he had informed Anwar of his decision to step down as state leader today via text message. “I will go to Kuala Lumpur to meet him (Anwar) in the coming days,” he said.
He will decide on whether to stay with PKR or leave after the meeting.
Sng was appointed as party chairman in March to replace Selangau MP Baru Bian who quit the party during the “Sheraton Move”.
Sng denied that his decision to quit came after seat allocation disputes among the Pakatan Harapan parties in the state. Instead, he stood by his earlier claim that he wanted to make way for a Dayak leader.
The Julau MP said the seat negotiations were ongoing and are expected to be resolved soon. He said he also supported PH working with Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) in the 12th Sarawak state election despite the fact that PSB had accepted former PKR leaders.
Baru is among the former PKR leaders now with PSB.
“It (resignation) has nothing to do with seat allocations or DAP wanting to work with PSB. In fact, I support the move to work with PSB in the interest of all parties,” he told FMT.
It was previously reported that Sng expected his party to contest 44 state seats while DAP and Amanah would take 26 seats and 12 seats respectively, leaving none for PSB.
Sng said PKR had been doing well under his leadership but believed the party could do better if it was led by a Dayak.
“Besides, Dayaks are under-represented in the top leadership in both government and opposition parties despite being the majority in Sarawak.”
“Hence, I wish to give way to a Dayak, and I will be proposing a few potential candidates to the party president,” he said.
PKR and DAP lost the six seats in which they contested against each other in the 2016 state election after negotiations broke down. The seats were Batu Kitang, Ngemah, Mulu, Murum, Mambong and Simanggang. – FMT