Sarawak PKR urges Anwar to resolve infighting

Baru accuses top PKR leaders involved in a plot to oust him from his position


THIRTY-TWO Sarawak PKR leaders gathered in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, demanding party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to immediately resolve infighting issues involving its state chief Baru Bian and other leaders including Selangau PKR chief Joshua Jabeng.

Jabeng reportedly said he has the support from 18 Sarawak PKR division leaders to oust Baru as the party’s state chief.

Responding to the claim, Baru, however, said he has the support of the 18 state division heads.

The works minister also accused top PKR leaders involved in a plot to oust him from his position.

“We know that statutory declarations calling for the removal of Baru Bian have been circulated among the divisional heads and that huge amount of money is being offered to ‘sweeten the deal’,” Baru said in a prepared statement yesterday.

“We are genuinely dismayed and disturbed by recent events that have betrayed our party’s principles of justice and democracy,” he added.

“Our message to the president is, we would like this whole thing to be put right, and I think as president, he has the power to do that. It can be done, and as president he has the power to do it.”

On Nov 15, Baru led a group of top Sarawak PKR leaders to cancel the state convention due this weekend.

Baru said they did not agree with the move to rescind PKR deputy president Mohamed

Azmin Ali’s invitation to officiate the party’s Youth Convention.

Azmin claimed that the rescinding of the invitation, allegedly by “hidden hands” guiding PKR youth chief Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir, was an attempt to “silence” him from speaking to members.

Instead, it was reported that PKR advisory council chairman Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will officiate the convention.

“As much as other national leaders wish to portray the narrative that the retracting of the invitation to officiate at the PKR Youth Convention was merely a move away from tradition, we must remind everyone that 21 out of 25 elected youth leaders had opposed the retraction,” Baru said further.

“And yet, this was ignored in favour of appointed youth leaders,” he added.

PKR National Convention director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the convention will take place in Miri, Sarawak as scheduled.

Baru said the convention cancellation has been agreed by two-third of the total 46 elected states committee members (MPN).

“The 32 MPN members consist of four MPs, three states assemblymen, 17 divisional heads, five deputy divisional heads and nine state party leaders.

“Only 11 divisional heads, two of whom are MPs and two youth leaders, are not in agreement with our consensus,” he said.