Survival instinct the main reason

Datuk Peter Minos

Sng’s resignation

KUCHING: There may be other reasons why Julau MP Larry Sng stepped down as Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman.

On top of all, leading a party that is facing a possible demise and having no strong heart for it is certainly very uncomfortable, said political analyst Datuk Peter Minos.

“Most people, leaders or not, will jump ship if the ship is sinking; it is simply a survival instinct,” he said today.

Perhaps Sng sees that the future of PKR is very bleak, including that of the Sarawak branch, Minos speculated.

“The PKR top leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is still not the prime minister after many attempts and tricks – neither here nor there, still scheming and talking but still not achieving his dream job of being the country’s premier,” he said.

Thus, he said PKR members all over the country were wondering about the direction and future of the party, which would likely lead to a lack of confidence in the top leadership and of the party itself.

“With the Peninsular Malays gravitating more and more to Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin due to wariness and suspicion of PKR’s close association with Democratic Action Party (DAP), PKR’s future in Peninsular Malaysia is in serious doubt.

“And when the general election comes, maybe soon, PKR may be wholly or substantially abandoned by the Peninsular Malays. If so, that will be the end of the road for PKR,” he said.

Minos reminded that PKR had started off with two basic causes, namely to remove former prime ministers Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak later.

He pointed out that now that these causes had dissipated, PKR did not have any more cause.

“So a smart-thinking Sng is watching and wondering and then making his move. Maybe leaving is the only option,” he said.

He also said that here in Sarawak, it was not easy for Sng to lead PKR Sarawak which is Dayak-based.

“It is a bit difficult for any non-Dayak to really know and understand the hopes and aspirations as well as the fears and concerns of the Ibans, Bidayuhs, and Orang Ulu, as much as they try to.

“That is a political reality and running away from it is not fruitful and not working. Maybe Sng sees and realises this reality, therefore forcing him to do what he did,” said Minos.