To quit or not to quit: PSB's Wong to seek Sarawak CM's advice


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  • Saturday, 13 Jul 2019

SIBU: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh (pic) will seek the Chief Minister's advice on whether he should quit his positions in the Cabinet as Second Finance Minister and state International Trade and E-Commerce Minister.

Speaking at a press conference after the launch of the party at its annual delegate conference (ADF), Wong said the delegates had passed a resolution to let him decide on whether or not to resign and when to resign.

"Let me say this: I will seek the Chief Minister for advice.

"It was he who appointed me.

"You know the appointment of ministers is the prerogative of the Chief Minister. Even if I want to leave, I would have to seek his advice as to when and how I leave the Cabinet," he said.

Should he resign from his Cabinet position, Wong said, he would continue to be the party president and would work to unite all members so that PSB could move forward.

He said he was confident that the future would be bright for the party.

Asked about the sudden resignation of PSB's deputy president Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Wong said there would be no more resignations as the party members had pledged loyalty to the party.

Earlier at the ADF, Wong said he no longer had the moral standing to represent PSB in the state cabinet as "all my arms and legs have been chopped off" by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), the ruling coalition.

"And resignation is the only honourable way out because the Cabinet post is for the party and not for me personally," he said.

Wong was also unhappy that none of his party members were included in the new councillors list drawn up by the state government.

He said he believed drastic action was taken against PSB because it was gaining in popularity and size, and thus posed a threat to the component parties in GPS.

"I don't understand why GPS suddenly considers us their enemy.

"We have only recruited several leaders from GPS component parties who have either been sacked from their party or resigned from their position. We did this with good intention, which is to strengthen not only our party but also indirectly help GPS by preventing these leaders from joining the Opposition," he said.

He said PSB was not wrong either in setting up its units in rural area where GPS component parties were already there.

"I don't see anything wrong with what we are doing, though there might be areas which belong to GPS component parties. Likewise in constituencies under PSB, such as Opar, Bawang Assan and Engkelili, there are parties pursuing for them," he said.

PSB, formerly the United People's Party (UPP), was formed on July 14, 2014. It is a splinter party that broke off from SUPP following a leadership crisis.

Wong founded the party along with Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, George Lo, Dr Johnical Rayong and Datuk Ranum Mina.

However, Dr Jerip quit PSB with immediate effect via a letter dated July 10. He said he arrived at the decision after "consulting the people and supporters in his constituency (Mambong)".

More than 3,000 PSB members attended the delegate conference this weekend during which the party was relaunched following the name change.

 


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