Sng’s resignation will not have much impact on PKR, say analysts

Larry Sng – Picture from Malaysiakini

By Emma Victoria

THE resignation of Julau MP Larry Sng as Sarawak PKR chairman will not have much impact on the party nor the preparations for the coming state election.

Prof Dr Jayum Jawan of Universiti Putra Malaysia said this is because Sng is “not that important” in the overall political scenario in Sarawak.

Besides, he took over the party chairman for only a year, without any significant contributions in strengthening the party.

“With his decision to quit PKR and to support the Perikatan Nasional (PN), his political future in Sarawak politics appears to be coming to a close,” he said when contacted.

“PKR is an established party; hence, its strength will not be affected by Sng leaving the party,” he said.

He said as long as the party has winnable candidates that pursue the right issues; they have a chance to win the in next state polls.

Meanwhile, political analyst Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said Sng could definitely find more funds for his constituency by backing the PN government, which he wouldn’t receive if he stays in the opposition.

“However, fighting for allocations and funds is something every elected representative should do, even when he was in PKR,” he said.

“He is rather an opportunist who joined Pakatan Harapan when they were in power and left to support PN, knowing the PN needs stronger support before Parliament reconvenes,” he added.

“He knows that PN need a simple majority, hence, it was an “opportunity” to offer his support to back the prime minister while getting more funds for his constituency,” he said.

Awang Azman said as for Sarawak PKR, they should start considering those who have not won in any election or been elected as a representative but capable and remain loyal to the party.

He said there are potential candidates to replace Sng as the chairman to lead the party, including those who have been with the party and working on the ground for long time.

“Hence, it is time to give way to those who can lead rather than limit the chairman position to those who had won. After all, they are now left with only one MP, which is Miri MP Dr Michael Teo,” he said.

Sarawak PKR had six MPs after Sng and Lubok Antu MP Jugah Muyang, who also won as an independent candidate in GE14, joined the party in 2018. However, Baru Bian, Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin and Saratok MP Ali Biju quit after the Sheraton Move last year, followed by Jugah in June.

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