DAP dismissed me, says newly elected president of Sarawak’s PBK

Voon Lee Shan. (Facebook pic)

KUCHING: Newly elected president of Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) Voon Lee Shan said he was dismissed by Sarawak DAP on the eve of nomination day for the 2011 state election.

“They (DAP) dismissed me on the eve of nomination day. This was in the Kuching DAP headquarters when my Batu Lintang seat was swapped with PKR Padungan seat, killing two birds with one stone,” he said in a Facebook post.

The former Batu Lintang assemblyman said the dismissal was despite five out of seven branches in Kuching supporting him to defend the state seat.

This comes after Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said Voon had not tendered his resignation, and that the Batu Lintang branch led by him had been dormant for the last three years.

Voon contested under DAP in the 2006 state elections but was dropped by the party in the subsequent elections in 2011, when DAP and PKR swapped the Batu Lintang and Padungan seats.

Voon, who was unanimously elected as PBK president in Sibu on Saturday, said over the years he was trying to find the answers as why he was sacked without any warning.

PBK, a Sarawak-based political party approved by the Registrar of Societies on Aug 28, 2013, is expected to contest all the 82 seats in the coming state elections due in 2021.