KUCHING: PKR has been dealt a severe blow.
The party lost its Mas Gading chief and deputy chief while there was an exodus in its Stampin branch.
In Mas Gading, branch chairman Boniface Willy Tumek and his deputy Francis Teron Kadap, in announcing their resignation ‘from the party and from all party posts’ yesterday, said the PKR of today isn’t the PKR they knew before.
In a press statement issued here yesterday they took a swipe at the party’s national leadership, saying they no longer uphold the once trumpeted ideals of Keadilan Dan Kesaksamaan Untuk Semua (justice and equality for all).
“Instead, propelling the party president to the office of the prime minister of Malaysia became the overriding objective and in the process, key provisions in the party constitution meant to promote and safeguard the principles of justice within the party were ignored.
“We are also greatly concerned that the state leadership was effectively prevented by the national leadership to live out the ideals and spirit of the 2012 Kuching Declaration in the running of the party’s affairs in Sarawak and we have concluded that the aspirations of the national leadership is no longer compatible with our aspirations for the rakyat in Sarawak, hence our decision to exit PKR.”
Willy and Teron said before they arrived at their decision they had lengthy in-depth discussions with the other members of the branch.
They said at least half of the Mas Gading line-up will “tender their resignation in due course”.
Meanwhile, PKR Stampin branch committee members announced their resignation from the party earlier yesterday, citing their disappointment with an alleged shift in party priorities and the axing of dissenting party members all over the country.
One such priority is the national leadership’s obsession with wanting to make party chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim prime minister while PKR’s lofty ideals “remain largely unfulfilled”.
“We in Sarawak are not keen to participate in this personal agenda (when) Sarawak autonomy through Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) was never taken seriously,” the Stampin PKR statement read.
The statement said PKR today has no room for having alternative views and that members throughout the country were being terminated for having dissenting opinions.
“It is the party’s way of telling us it is the ‘President’s way or the Highway’. To them, justice is merely a slogan to fish for votes,” it said.
The sacking of their branch chief and Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How was the last straw on the camel’s back, according to the statement.
While Willie and Teron said they have yet to decide on their political future, the Stampin exodus group has pledged its support for former state PKR chief Baru Bian and See.