By John Isaac
THE Sarawak PKR leadership council (MPN) has unanimously rejected Larry Sng’s decision to step down from the state’s party top post.
In a statement issued last night after an emergency meeting, Sarawak PKR information chief Abun Sui Anyit said leadership council gave its full support for Sng until the next party election.
“All state PKR members are urged to remain calm and to give their undivided support to the various levels of leadership, from the top to the grassroots.
“The state chapter also urges the divisions and members to continue to stay united and focus on the struggle and safeguard the people,” Abun said as reported by Malaysiakini.
Recently, Sng took to social media to announce his resignation as Sarawak PKR chief, citing the state party’s top post should be headed by a Dayak leader before the forthcoming state election.
The Julau MP said this is because the population of the state has a Dayak majority, but the group is under-represented in main leadership roles.
“After much consideration, I have decided that it is in the best interest of Sarawak PKR (for it) to be led by a Dayak leader, going into the Sarawak state election.
“The majority of Sarawakians are Dayaks, representing 43 percent of the population, with Malay and Chinese representation at only 24 percent.
“Yet we find that the poorest and most undeveloped areas in our state are within rural Dayak constituencies,” Sng said.
Sng first stood on the Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak ticket in the 2001 state election, replacing his father as the Pelagus representative.
He served two terms as BN’s Pelagus assemblyperson, from 2001 to 2011, and was appointed as an assistant minister under then chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud in 2004.
He later represented Parti Rakyat Sarawak and Sarawak Workers Party before joining PKR, after winning Julau as an independent in the 2018 general election.
Sng was appointed Sarawak PKR chairperson last March.
The previous Sarawak state election was held in May 2016 and as such, the next state election must be held, by the latest, in August 2021.