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GE13: Sarawak parties in for a tussle

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Workers Party (SWP), formed by former PRS members, are on a collision course in the general election.

PRS can expect multiple contests for its seats in Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Kanowit, Selangau, Hulu Rajang and Julau with SWP leading the charge.

PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing will not only have to deal with SWP candidates but some independent candidates as well.

So far, SWP has announced that its president Larry Sng will contest in Lubok Antu, party vice-president George Lagong in Hulu Rajang and Meluan assemblyman Wong Judat in Julau.

SWP came into existence last April after Sng's people registered Sabah People's Front as a party and declared it would be Barisan Nasional-friendly.

Sng's supporters launched SWP as he was expelled from PRS in 2008 for insubordination. Sng was Youth Adviser in the Chief Minister's Department then.

Masing maintained that Sng was sacked from PRS together with some other members because they breached the party's constitution.

“Basically, SWP was set up as a vendetta,” said Masing last year after news of SWP's registration with the Registrar of Societies.

“SWP reminds me of Keadilan (later renamed PKR) which was formed when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was on the warpath against Umno for sacking him (in 1998). SWP is following the principle of Anwar. You can't use revenge to fight Barisan as it has solid policies.”

Sng said: “My family has been in public service for the last three generations. From my grandfather, to my father and now me.

“We are committed to serve the people we represent. After being made party-less by PRS, I was left with no political platform for almost six years. So it is only natural for us to continue our struggle for the people by setting up SWP,” said Sng.

Sng was appointed party president during its first general meeting in Sibu in May 2012.

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