"Baru Bian as Sarawak PKR Chief. Will he Get the Support from the Iban ? Is he more qualify than Dominique Ng"
Joseph Tawie of the Broken Shield reported in Malaysian Mirror this morning that a reliable source has said that Baru Bian a prominent native customary rights (NCR) land lawyer will be appointed as head of Sarawak PKR. According to Joseph, the official announcement from PKR on the appointment will be made on Sunday after a supreme council meeting of the party. Baru is also a council member .
Baru is from the Lum Bawan tribe a minority native which lives in the northern part of the State. Baru appointment will close the issue of state PKR being controlled by the outsiders or Peninsular Malaysia. But whether his appointment can strengthen the party will be another issue in which PKR Sarawak has to look carefully into. PKR Sarawak cannot become a strong party without the support of the Iban. Iban is a majority group in Sarawak and counts about 27% of Sarawak total population. But since the deregisteration of PBDS, without Datuk Daniel Tajem and Leo Monggie, Iban seem to be exhausted of a charasmatic leader that can unite the Iban.
According to Joseph Tawie, Baru’s appointment is hope to bring more professionals and the hardcore members of the deregistered Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) who have remained partyless to join the party. But personally I felt that PKR is making a wrong move if it decided to appoint Baru as it head in Sarawak. The move will distablised the party. Iban will split into two, one remains with PKR whereas another group will follow Gabriel Adit.
The most qualified person to lead PKR Sarawak is YB Dominique Ng. The person who was responsible to bring PKR to Sarawak and the only PKR assemblyman in DUN Sarawak.
Therefore if PKR want to be remained stronger, someone not from the dayak community should be appointed. At this moment and until the calibre and charasmatic Iban leader has been groomed to lead the party, Dominique Ng the only PKR State Assemblyman in Sarawak, should be appointed as its head in Sarawak.
PKR must think carefully before making any decision on whom it would like to choose to lead it sarawak branch as failure to do so, can cause a grave damage to the party in Sarawak.
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