By Emma Victoria
AFTER leading Sarawak PKR for nine months, Larry Sng today announced his resignation as the chairman.
The Julau MP announced the decision on his Facebook account, citing that it is in the best interest for the party to be led by a Dayak leader going into the Sarawak state election.
He is confident the party can find a good replacement.
He said majority of Sarawakians are Dayaks, representing 43% of the state’s total population, yet the rural Dayak constituencies remain the poorest and most undeveloped.
Besides, Dayaks are also under represented in the top leadership roles in both government and opposition parties.
Party presidents and chairmen from PBB, PDP, SUPP, PKR, DAP, PSB, PBK, and Amanah are either Malays or Chinese, despite their party being largely supported by Dayaks.
“I believe that by making this change in the Sarawak PKR leadership, it would augur well and lend the party more credibility in its fight against economic inequalities in the private sector, in the selection and promotion in the public service and our resolve in addressing native customary land issues,” he said.
“We should not take the past defection of our former MPs from Puncak Borneo, Saratok, Lubok Antu and Selangau as a case against Dayak leadership in Sarawak PKR. It is sad to say that, had they remained with the party, Pakatan Harapan would still be in government today,” he added.
He added he would discuss the matter with the party president in the coming days.
Sng, had joined PKR shortly after winning the Julau seat on independent ticket in the 2018 general election.
He was appointed as the party chairman after Baru Bian quit the party in Feb 24 during the country’s political crisis.