Sarawak natives back Baru over Anwar’s admonition for skipping party affair
KUCHING, Nov 21 ― Sarawakians continued to use social media to express support for Selangau parliamentarian Baru Bian, three days after he was publicly rebuked by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for missing the party’s annual congress. Baru, who is also the works minister, previously explained that he had informed the party secretariat that he would not be able to attend the congress due to work commitments.
Unhappy with the public scolding, Sarawakians said Baru’s ministry work was more important than attending the congress.
“Baru’s absence from the party congress will not destroy the party, but those who used money to secure more votes in the party election will,” a Facebook user said, referring to the many reports already lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against candidates over money politics.
They have suggested that Baru and his supporters leave PKR and form a Sarawak-based party. Others urged him and his supporters to join any of the existing local parties.