KUCHING: The quitting of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Serian chairman Edward Andrew Luwak, will not affect the party, said DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen.
He said he had called a meeting of the Serian branch members to brief them on the situation.
“In the short briefing, I shared with them the party’s decision that the party intends to field a new young candidate for the Bukit Semuja state constituency in the coming State election.
“This has been communicated to the Serian Branch chairman sometime in March, this year,” he said in a press statement on Sunday.
Chong as the party had in the past fully supported the ex-Serian DAP chairman three times in elections — twice Parliamentary elections and one state election, he was hoping that the same could be reciprocated.
“But sad to say, instead of helping the party, he quits,” Chong said.
He pointed out that most of the branch members were still with the party and in high spirit, unperturbed by the branch chairman’s quitting the party.
“This shows the high level of discipline and sense of belonging of the members to the party, not to an individual leader. Leaders come and go, but party and party’s principle and struggle remain strong and intact,” he said.
He said the branch’s annual general meeting (AGM) will be held sometime this month or next month.
“A new committee will be elected to manage the branch. Until then, my assistant, Brolin Nicholsion will help to manage the branch’s affair,” he said.
Despite the small hiccup, he said it would not hamper DAP’s work in Serian.
“Serian branch is now tasked to win the two state constituencies in Serian for DAP in the coming state election, namely, Bukit Semuja and Kedup and contribute to movement of change in Sarawak,” said Chong.