Sng, Sarawak’s serial party-hopper

Larry Sng – Picture from Malaysiakini

By Emma Victoria

WHEN Larry Sng announced his resignation from PKR on Sunday, it did not come as a big surprise – the Julau MP has a track record in jumping from one party to another.

The 41-year-old comes from an illustrious family. His father, Datuk Sng Chee Hua was a long-time state legislator and tycoon, and known for his philanthropic deeds.

In the 2001 state election, the younger Sng contested in his maiden election in the Pelagus state seat his father had represented. Larry won under the PBDS ticket and held the seat for two terms (2001 to 2011).

Larry was a supreme council member of PBDS before its de-registration and later joined Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), an offshoot of the former.

However, he was sacked by PRS in 2007 for trying to topple party president Tan Sri James Masing.

In 2012, Larry founded the Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) which he quit as president after four years.

He stood as an independent in the 2018 general election and subsequently joined PKR.

On Sunday, he announced his resignation from PKR and pledged his support for PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Larry, a London School of Economics graduate, speaks fluent Iban is well-known among Sarawakians. He is married to the daughter of the late tycoon Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing.

In 2004, at age 25, he became the youngest assistant minister in Sarawak .

Sng said his decision to quit PKR was made after he consulted his voters over the past few days and described the move to leave as “a collective decision”.

He said the constituency was the poorest in the country and he was unable to serve effectively because of a lack of funds as he was in the opposition.

“I have been unable to serve Julau effectively through this lack of much-needed development funds.

“With this move, I am confident that I will be able to deliver my election promises to my electorate,” he added in a statement yesterday.

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