PSB leader quits, questions party terms

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SIBU: A senior member of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) has quit the party claiming he was forced to enter an agreement that went against his beliefs to finance his election campaign.

Presidential council member Datuk Seri Abang Aditajaya Abang Alwi also withdrew his candidacy for the Kuala Rejang constituency, saying he now planned to run as an Independent.

He tendered his resignation letter to party president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh recently, he told a press conference here on Sunday (Nov 28).

He pointed out that the reason for his resignation and withdrawal was because he disagreed with the party ‘s terms and conditions leading up to the 12th State Election next month.

“I was forced but refused when I was asked to sign agreements with a ‘money lender’ company to finance my campaign.

“This would have severely damaged my reputation with my dear electorates.  It is also against my Islamic beliefs to sign such agreements,” he stressed.

Aditajaya who joined the party a year ago hoped the party president would not consider his resignation as a betrayal because he had worked hard and invested a lot of money, time, energy and efforts to bring PSB to what it was now at his constituency.

Towards this end, he announced that he would contest as an independent candidate for the Kuala Rajang constituency.

In the meantime, Aditaya also announced plans to form a new party to be named Barisan Rakyat (BR) in the near future.

The new party will be based in Sarawak for the coming 15th general election (GE15), he said.

Earlier, Aditajaya launched the election machinery for his constituency with two comrades, Mohd Adnan Julkeppli and Khairul Ahmat, both businessmen, who had also resigned as PSB members to stand as independent candidates at Semop and at Demak Laut, respectively.

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