Baru a no-show at S’wak convention

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 24 Nov 2019

MIRI: The Sarawak PKR convention was attended by party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and some 1,200 state and national party members. But, noticeably absent was state chief Baru Bian.

Anwar arrived here from Kuala Lumpur at 10.30am yesterday to open the convention.

On Wednesday, Baru was reported to have said that the convention had been cancelled.

He said this was decided after a majority decision involving 32 of the 46 state leadership council members.

The state party leadership is suffering from a serious split following the move by Baru to openly side with deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali in his dispute with Anwar.

Over the last few days, there have been public spats and claims of mutiny against Baru’s leadership.

Baru is backed by 18 Sarawak PKR branches while 11 others have declared their support for Anwar.

In his speech, Anwar said he was confident that at least 90% of the leadership and grassroots nationwide were loyal to the party’s central leadership.

He said it was impossible for any party to get 100% support from its followers.

‘’So, don’t worry. We went to all states, in Kedah all divisions attended except for one, Pahang also had one division head who did not attend, its deputy division head and lower rank leaders attended.

“In Sarawak, the same, all divisions turned up.

“All attended in Terengganu, one each did not turn up in Kelantan and Negri Sembilan, and in Melaka all attended.

“So, what is the problem? Why should we say there is a problem? (You say) can get 100%, who can get 100%?

“No one in the world can get 100%, ’’ he said.

Anwar also claimed that the majority of the people in Sarawak were still poor and left behind compared to other Malaysians because the state’s wealth had fallen to some corrupt people.

“Sarawak is a very rich state but a large part of the population is poor because of corruption and unfair land policies.

“We in Pakatan Harapan want to change this. We want to fight for Sarawakians, ” Anwar said.

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