KUCHING: Julau MP Larry Sng believes that being booed by haters is normal in politics.
According to him, what is more important is that PKR members gave him their support and confidence to represent them at the central committee level.
“Me being booed is just a very small matter. What is important is that the party members gave me their support and confidence to represent them at the central committee (MPP) level. It is a great honour, to represent Sarawak in the party and I thank everyone who gave me their support,” he said.
Sng was reportedly booed at PKR’s National Congress after accepting a letter confirming his position in the party’s central leadership council.
On the contest for PKR MPP seat, Sng said it was intense and involved so many qualified candidates from throughout the country.
“At the end of the day, it was a tight race. Members had to choose only 20 out of 88 candidates, and the outcome between each candidate was only a matter of few hundred votes,” he added.
Sng laughed off at Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who became an overnight sympathiser of himself and Works Minister Baru Bian.
“I would like to ask Karim, has he ever skipped any PBB party conference?”
When asked to explain why Dayak leaders did not get their place in PKR MPP, Larry Sng said there were only two Dayak candidates who contested.
“Only four candidates from Sarawak contested for the post of MPP, myself, Voon Shiak Ni, Ali Biju and Willie Mongin. Baru Bian and Jugah Muyang did not contest, “ he said.
Out of the four who contested from Sarawak, only Sng is aligned to former PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli.
“I guess I was aligned to the right people, had the right strategy and I worked on the ground,” he said.
On the problem caused by the voting system, Sng admitted that the e-voting system also led to some candidates being overlooked in the PKR MPP race.
“In the case of e-voting, many people didn’t know how to vote. So, the early numbers generally received higher votes. Like mine which was 11 and featured on the front page.
“When it comes to number 50 or 60 plus, people sometimes just skip,” he said.
Now that the election is over, Sng said he hoped to work with all parties to make PKR stronger in Sarawak.