Kenny Goes House-Hunting, Chang Takes Over

KOTA KINABALU: News has emerged that much maligned Kenny Chua is looking for a new home to park his political ambitions.

It surfaced on the same day a new man assumed leadership of the Penampang PKR branch which he had headed until he decided to cross over to the opposition.

Chua, who has been bearing the brunt of ridicule and criticism for jumping ship after pledging his support for the chief minister, was immediately shown the door by PKR.

The incumbent Inanam assemblyman is now reportedly looking at joining a local party.

“I will have to discuss with my supporters before I make a decision. No hurry,” Chua was quoted as saying in a Star report today.

State PKR chairman Datuk Christina Liew meanwhile announced that the Penampang branch was now under the stewardship of Joseph Alex Chang, who was Chua’s deputy earlier.

“Joseph has managed to hold the fort, he is automatically the new chief of the PKR Penampang branch,” said Liew, adding, “two- thirds of the branch committee are with him.”

On his part Chang pledged full support for the party’s struggle on behalf of the branch, saying Penampang was a stronghold for PKR.

“Despite what has happened, we are well-positioned and ready to face the upcoming state election,” he said, referring to Chua’s departure.

Chua was among government representatives who decided to switch sides and rally behind former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman to overthrow Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s Warisan Plus government.

The attempt was foiled after Shafie sought the dissolution of the state legislative assembly to pave the way for a snap election.