Observers predict U-turn from Baru and Co

Dick Lembang Dugun

KUCHING: Political observers have predicted that the independent faction of former Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders, who quit the party on Monday, may have to swallow their pride and reverse their decision.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) Dick Lembang Dugun has not ruled out the possibility of a U-turn by Selangau MP Baru Bian, Saratok MP Ali Biju, Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin and other former Sarawak PKR leaders.

Baru and Ali’s exodus from the party, coupled with the recent disclosure by Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How that he is seeking new pastures alongside Baru and Ali, meant that PKR looks to be unrepresented in the state legislature.

“This might just be hypothetical, but they (Baru and Co) might make a U-turn (on their decision). Now, there are a lot of U-turns in our country. Just wait and see.

“If they don’t make a U-turn then they, as assemblymen, might join any other political party or form a new party,” Dick told New Sarawak Tribune.

He said Sarawak PKR still had three MPs in Dr Michael Teo (Miri), Larry Sng (Julau) and Jugah Muyang (Lubok Antu) despite the prospects of having no assemblyman to represent the party.

To a question of whether support for the party would waver in the face of the political imbroglio, Dick said PKR was still strong in Sarawak as they had a support base at the grassroots level.

“The crisis is not involving the rakyat, or PKR supporters, it only involves their leaders. That is how I see this polemic, their support remains.

“For the time being, the polemic is not resolved, and we should wait for its end result. The most important thing is that, what happened in our political spectrum is not what the people want,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Nadrawina Isnin of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak believes that with Sarawak PKR’s representatives turning independent, there is a possibility that the party’s influence will diminish in the state.

“The outcome of this would give a wide opportunity for other opposition parties to recruit more members in their parties,” she said.

On the issue of PKR representatives who turned independent, Nadrawina said they would know better what position they should be at, looking at the current political situation in the country, especially at the federal level.

“I believe that all Malaysians are hoping and praying for a light at the end of this political saga. There has to be a closure so that day to day administration of the government can go on smoothly,” she said.