Baru Bian sounds clarion call for unity in Sarawak
10:39AM Sep 25, 2014
By Terence Netto
The resolution of the Selangor crisis has brought the need for PKR to close ranks and switch its focus to issues of ultimate and recurrent import.
The ultimate issue was PKR’s perennial focus on justice, and, said PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian, the readiness for the coming Sarawak state elections should be given attention.
“PKR should use this - hopefully, ended and over - phase of internecine feuding within the party and with the Pakatan Rakyat coalition over the Selangor menteri besar issue to gain insight for tougher battles to come,” said Baru, who is renowned in the state for legal fights waged over native customary rights.
“We must take internecine feuding to be inevitable in democratic party politics, but we must also know when to cease and desist,” added Baru, who is the assemblyperson for Ba’kelalan.
“There is a time to argue and contest one another’s opinions, and there is a time to know that the fight is over and the humdrum but necessary work of re-gathering and renewal restarts.
“This maturity is necessary if we are to convince Malaysian voters that we in the opposition can lead both state and country out of the paralysis into which the BN has backed the nation,” he said.
Baru, one of three PKR representatives in the state assembly, said he expects the Sarawak state elections to be held next year.
Constitutionally, the state election is only due by the middle of 2016.
“Chief Minister Adenan Satem (right) requires his own mandate as any new man at the helm does in our system.
“So I expect Adenan will want it sooner than later, judging from the his recent statements and BN's activities on the ground,” Baru added.
Adenan took over as chief minister in March this year after a 33-year rule by Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“PKR has to gear up for the polls and this requires a united party focused on near term goals even as it keeps its gaze fastened on ultimate ones,” Baru said.
“We want the party machinery to be oiled for action and we need as many organised and willing hands as we can muster,” said the lawyer whose legal docket is usually rife with engagements on land and other issues.
“We in Sarawak PKR wish the new Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali well and exhort him to the endeavour that says if it’s Shah Alam today, it’s Putrajaya tomorrow. Let’s all unite in this noble cause,” he added.