KUCHING: Less than a year after being elected as Sarawak’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman, Julau MP Larry Sng has quit the party and switched his allegiance to the ruling federal government.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a Facebook post on Sunday announced the move by Sng as well as former PKR Tebrau MP Steven Choong who had signed their statutory declarations (SD) in support of Perikatan Nasional (PN).
“Today I received SDs from two opposition MPs who expressed support for PN. The SDs by Julau MP Larry Sng and Tebrau MP Steven Choong was signed and presented to me after a ministerial meeting in Putrajaya.
“This support will certainly strengthen the PN government in its efforts and planning to manage the Covid-19 pandemic and catalyse the country’s economic revival,” the premier said.
Prior to this, various news portals have reported Sng had left his position as Sarawak PKR chairman in a video conference with the state leadership council.
PKR Sarawak secretary Joshua Jabeng was reported to have said that Sng had submitted his resignation to PKR headquarters in Kuala Lumpur instead of the state’s committee.
“He informed us of his resignation during our central committee meeting yesterday. We acknowledge his intention to resign. Whatever the decision at the national-level leadership is, we abide by it,” Joshua said.
Meanwhile, Sng in a statement following the decision believed that Muhyiddin’s government was doing what’s necessary to help Malaysians amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I believe that I too should play a role to support him. Too much time has already been wasted, politicking and bickering whilst the people suffer,” he said.
Earlier this month, the former Pelagus assemblyman and state assistant minister denied he will be stepping down as the state PKR chairman.
In Dec last year, Sng announced he would step down as the state PKR chairman as it was in the best interest of the party to be led by a Dayak leader going into the 12th state election.
However, he decided to remain as interim chairman days later, after meeting with party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.