Datuk Abdul Karim

KUCHING: A dip in popularity suffered by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is not news, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Sarawakians will reject PKR as it is a Malaya-based party — it has no business to be in Sarawak, he said.

“It is expected and PKR will be a party of ‘mosquitos’,” he added, referring to the party which was struggling to establish its relevance.

“This is especially when their core leaders who have been the major proponents to the party’s rise quit or are sacked,” he wrote in a Facebook posting on Saturday.

He was commenting on the mass exodus of from the party recently, which was triggered following the sacking of its prominent leaders who were aligned with the previous leadership.

On Saturday, PKR Stampin branch crumbled when its committee members announced that they were quitting the party en masse after their branch chief See Chee How was sacked by the national leadership.

PKR Mas Gading branch chief Boniface Willy Tumek and his deputy Francis Teron Kadap, also resigned from the party citing the ‘justice and equality for all’ ideals were no longer being championed.

State PKR chief Larry Sng recently predicted the exodus from the party and pleaded with party members who wanted to quit to reconsider their decision, adding that “all will be given equal opportunities to grow”, regardless of who they supported before.

Abdul Karim said, regardless, whatever happened to PKR and other parties would not affect Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition or its component parties in any way.

“This is because the spirit of unity in the GPS coalition is very solid,” he said.