PKR Sarawak to call meeting soon to discuss direction after MPs quit


Baharuddin Mokhsen

KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak deputy chairman Baharuddin Mokhsen will be calling for a meeting soon to deliberate and address the current political issue in Pakatan Harapan (PH).

“We are monitoring the situation closely and I will call for a meeting soon to deliberate and address the issue,” he told The Borneo Post today.

Baharuddin was asked on what direction PKR Sarawak is heading for, now that its former chairman Baru Bian together with Saratok MP Ali Biju and Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin resigned from the party yesterday.

They were among the 11 PKR MPs who quit the party to form an independent bloc in parliament.

The independent bloc is led by Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (Gombak) and consists of Zuraida Kamaruddin (Ampang), Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (Indera Mahkota), Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar (Bandar Tun Razak), Datuk Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal), Datuk Rashid Hasnon (Batu Pahat), Datuk Seri Dr. Santhara Kumar (Segamat) and Jonathan Yasin (Ranau).

The independent bloc in a joint statement last night claimed that a group of PH leaders had last Friday pressured Dr Mahathir to set a date to handover the prime minister’s post to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

They claimed that the move during the coalition’s presidential council meeting was the culmination of a campaign that had grown in intensity since it started several months ago, and asserted that their decision to quit PKR was to “secure the confidence of the people and investors in the government’s policy in raising the socio-economic standing of the people in line with the 2030 Shared Prosperity Vision”.