Screenshot of Utusan Borneo news report on Adit, Dec 15, 2009.

Screenshot of Utusan Borneo news report on Adit, Dec 15, 2009.

Gabriel Adit Demong, 59 hit back at his former ally Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Advisor Anwar in his first media conference as Parti Cinta Malaysia Sarawak chairman on Monday.

He said he wanted Anwar and his supporters to withdraw from Sarawak politics and accused them of neglecting rural constituencies.

“I want Anwar and his supporters to withdraw from Sarawak,” he said. “If want to help me, please withdraw.”

“Don’t talk much, you might be good orator, but talking too much in Kuching has no good.”

Adit said Anwar and his supporters should have visited Kanowit, Belaga, Kapit, Ulu Baleh and the other rural part of Sarawak to help these people and talk to them.

On Nov 16, 2008 Adit handed over his application form to join PKR to its president Datuk Seri Anwar Inbrahim at a dinner in Sibu. Also joining him then were 11,752 individuals from throughout the state.

However in the press conference yesterday Adit revealed he had never been officially a PKR member.

“I’ve never been a PKR member. I only withdraw from PKR not resigning as PKR member,” he said.

When asked on PCM plan – Adit said the party would be contesting in constituencies where its has potential to win in the next state general election.

The party immediate plan Adit said was to set up it first branch in the state – in Kanowit next month, before gradually expanding its wing to other rural areas such as Kakus, Tamin, Pelagus and Bekenu.

Gabriel Adit third from left with his supporters at a media conference in Kuching Monday Dec 15, 2008

Gabriel Adit third from left with his supporters at a press conference in Kuching Monday Dec 14, 2008. (Photo: Utusan Borneo)

Many were skeptical of the party chances of winning any seat in the next state election or surviving after the election. A state minister described it as nothing more than a ‘seasonal’ party – trying to capitalize on the looming state election.

Confirming these lukewarm responses – Adit admitted the party currently only has five registered members – fewer than those in the above photo shot.