Unhappy with selfish PKR, SNAP decides to fight alone

PKR leaders are not serious about Sarawak and are only making use of us to get to Putrajaya, says a fed-up SNAP vice-president

(Free Malaysia Today) – KUCHING: Re-emerging Sarawak National Party (SNAP) has decided to give PKR and its style of politics the boot.

Declaring that PKR leaders were ‘not serious’ about Sarawak politics, SNAP vice president Anthony Liman said they (PKR) was ‘only making use of SNAP’ for their personal interest.

“We have realised that their leaders are making use of us. Their agenda is they want to get to Putrajaya at all cost, while SNAP’s agenda is to get a fair deal for Sarawak.

“We have seen it happen during the 2008 parliamentary election. Like the Barisan Nasional, PKR knew that Sabah and Sarawak were important ‘fixed deposits’.

“We thought PKR could have taken away some of the ‘fixed deposits’ from Sarawak, but their leaders have failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

“Instead they concentrated more in Peninsular Malaysia. They are not serious about Sarawak,” said Liman, who is also SNAP’s director of communications.

He said in the coming state election, SNAP will stand alone as it cannot rely on PKR for support.

“SNAP is ready to fight for the 28 Dayak seats on its own,” Liman stressed.

Meeting with Jeffrey

Liman was speaking to newsmen after briefing United Borneo Front (UBF) Jeffrey Kitingan and its founders Zainal Ajamain and Nilakrisna James at the SNAP headquarters here on Wednesday.

They were meeting SNAP to discuss the Borneo alliance that could spearhead the Borneo Agenda.

Said Liman: “As a very junior partner, SNAP’s role and contributions were not recognized.

“There were time when they (PKR) forgot even to acknowledge our presence at a function.

“I used to listen to Anwar Ibrahim and attended their dinners. I thought he was serious about capturing Sarawak and to change the state government.

“But after the PKR elections, I found out their agenda is different. Many withdrew their support for PKR,” he said.

Touching on SNAP’s rebranding exercise, he said the response to campaign was encouraging especially from the ex-members of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS).

(PBDS was formed by a group of SNAP members when Daniel Tajem was expelled from the party in July 1983.  Now these members are coming back to SNAP after PBDS was deregistered on Oct 21, 2002.)