Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Joy: Jawah Gerang and 1,000 join PKR Sarawak

Jawah (second left) handing over his membership application to Salehuddin. At right is Bawin | Pix - Borneo Post

Posted By rajlira On 25th December 2008 @ 00:00 In Local

SRI AMAN, Sarawak: Former Lubok Antu MP Jawah Gerang and about a thousand supporters have joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), it was announced here yesterday.

Speaking at a press confe-rence held at a local hotel, Jawah announced his decision to join PKR as he handed over his membership application, along with the applications of more than 1,000 others, to PKR secretary general Datuk Salehuddin Hashim.

“My decision to join PKR is not a surprise; neither is it a political gimmick. I join the party on my own free will,” he said.

Others at the conference were state PKR vice chairman Nicholas Bawin Anggat, former Sri Aman MP Jimmy Donald, PKR Betong chief Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh and members of PKR Sri Aman and Lubok Antu.

Jawah also revealed that he had already travelled the length and breadth of his former constituency to recruit more members and claimed that the response from the people was “very encouraging”.

He claimed that their members were mostly from the now defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) which was deregistered in 2004.

Jawah who joined Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) after his PBDS’ days was not re-nominated for the Lubok Antu parliamentary seat in the election last March 8.

Jawah’s replacement by William Nyallau Badak did not go down well with the supporters of this five-term MP who had grown from strength to strength – in terms of grassroots support — since his first outing in 1986.

It was, therefore, quite expected of him to claim yesterday that, about 6,000 people from Lubok Antu parliamentary constituency would soon be joining him in PKR “shortly”.

Meanwhile, Jimmy also said about 1,000 people from Sri Aman parliamentary constituency had joined PKR, adding that he had been moving in the constituency to ask his supporters to join the party.

The media members were also told by Bawin that PKR Sri Aman branch had been set up at Jalan Sabu. - [ Borneo Post Online ]


Jong said...

“My decision to join PKR is not a surprise; neither is it a political gimmick. I join the party on my own free will” - Jawah Gerang

If it's not political then what is it? Do you think if you and I were to join PKR on our own free will, they bother to call for a Press Conference to announce our membership?

Salak said...

It looks like he's been rejected by Swak BN. Well, they actually have asked him to join PKR by that token! So fair game!

I doubt they slaughter a cow if I join! :D

shrek said...

People are using PKR as a revolving door. One day they are hot and join PKR. Next day after appointed MP or ADUN they leave " not getting support" konon. Yuggh
Seems that PKR is picking up those thrown away politicians. Soon PKR will become the recyclyed politician party. PK (fikir) Arrr or as penangintes say pikiak lah.
Wonder if Manikavasagam will keep good his threat of quitting PKR. I really like to see fresh faces in Malaysian politics. Sick and tired of seeing old UMNO faces in new party. Now even Rahim anak Thamby Kecik is recycled now standing as VP. Must be shortage of good Malays in UMNO.