SIBU: Sarawak PKR's decision to open its door to former party members has received a lukewarm response.
Its chairman Larry Sng had on Thursday (Aug 20) said he was prepared to consider their return, subject to the central leadership council's approval.
Sng had declared that he could work with those who remain loyal to PKR, regardless of past political history.
Former Lubok Antu PKR chairman Nicholas Bawing, when contacted on Saturday (Aug 22), said he would turn down the offer.
"I am with Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) now," he said.
Former Kanowit PKR chairman George Chen did not give a definite answer but said that he was happy serving the community.
"I will serve the community in a different way using an NGO as a platform. Temporarily, I am relieved of political work," said Chen, who was with the party for more than 15 years.
Chen had contested the Machan seat in the last two state elections but lost each time.
Meanwhile, former Sibu PKR chairman Abdul Raafididin said he had not received a formal invitation to return to the party.
"I only know of this from social media and mainstream media. If there is a black-and-white (offer), I will look at the terms and conditions first before making any decision," he said.
More than 100 members from eight divisions in Sarawak were asked to leave the party in May for being disloyal to party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The divisions included Mas Gading, Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Petra Jaya, Kanowit, Lanang, Lubok Antu and Bintulu.
Sng, who is also Julau MP, claimed some former members regretted leaving the party and were stuck with nowhere to go.
He said that this was why he was offering them an olive branch to return to the party fold.