Sarawak PKR liaison chief, Baru Bian dismissed allegations the party had neglected Sarawak and Sabah by not electing leaders from the two states to the party national leadership.
Sarawak’s leaders, the Dayaks in particular Bian said, “is portraying PKR as not taking care of Dayaks rights or the Dayak people”.
“Reporters asked me what do I think,” he said. “I have no problem.”
Baru Bian was among the big names which included incumbent R. Sivarasa, Selangor executive councilors Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Mohd Yahya Sahri, and former Sabah chief Ansari Abdullah who tumbled in the race for the party vice-president post.
PKR new vice-presidents are Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Batu MP Tian Chua, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh and Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 Mansor Othman.
“This is a democratic election. I believe those already elected can protect the rights of Malay, Chinese, Iban, Orang Ulu and a Lun Bawang like me,” he said.
Adding the election will further strengthened democratic principles practiced by PKR in future.
However, Baru didn’t refute there were weaknesses in the party election and agreed with suggestion to form an independent commission to look into the problem.
He also suggested, state leadership elected via local level elections. This was because state level members knew who the individual leader better.