KUCHING: Sarawak PKR has denied reports that three of its assemblymen would leave the party to join other local based parties.
Ba’Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian reiterated his stand that he, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How and Krian assemblyman Ali Biju would not be joining the local-based Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK).
“Our stand is what was said by Chee How before. We are staying in PKR,” Baru said on Friday.
See had said on Oct 3, that the three PKR representatives were remaining steadfast with PKR and Pakatan Harapan.
It was reported in a local daily that the three were rumoured to have met PBK leaders to talk about joining the party.
The rumours were said to have started after several politicians in Sabah quit PKR, DAP and Umno to join local parties championing the state’s rights.
In a surprise move, PBK which has been inactive since its formation in 2013, on Wednesday announced the launch of its Lanang branch (in Sibu) and Miri branch.
Lanang branch secretary Franky Anong, when contacted, neither admitted nor denied as he declined to make any statement with regards to PKR leaders joining PBK.
He, however, pointed out that the party would make some major announcements that would affect Sarawak’s political scene and even that of Sabah by the end of this year or beginning of next year when on-going negotiations have been finalised.
PBK submitted its application to be a political party in 2008 and the application was approved in 2013. To date, it has a membership of 600, the party claimed.