SIBU: Parti Sarawak Bersatu has given the go ahead to its president Wong Soon Koh to quit his posts in the Sarawak Cabinet.
Wong, 77, is the six-term Bawan Assan assemblyman and is Sarawak Minister for International Trade and E-Commerce and Second Minister for Finance.
Delegates at the party congress adopted a resolution that they would support Wong’s decision on whether stay in the Sarawak Cabinet or leave.
At a press conference after the congress, Wong said he would seek the advice of Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg. “So, if I want to leave I have to seek his advice. I will soon talk to Chief Minister to seek his advice as to when and how I can leave the cabinet,” he said.
At the party’s assembly, Wong had said that “since the State leadership has cut off the arms and legs of our party PSB, I am of the opinion that I would have no moral locus standi to represent the party in the State Cabinet”.
He had sought the approval of delegates as it was a matter of political integrity to quit the Cabinet, said Wong.
He also said the party failed to understand why the ruling coalition Gabungan Parti Sarawak had suddenly now turned hostile to it as PSB merely took in some leaders who either resigned or had been sacked from some component parties of GPS.
“We did so with good intention of strengthening not just our party but also indirectly helping GPS in the event of these leaders choosing to join the opposition.
“Although we pledge our loyalty and give support to the Chief Minister Abang Johari, our rise in our political strength must have made some component parties in GPS very unhappy,” he said.
Wong also brushed aside rumours that the party is breaking apart, which come in the wake of deputy president Dr Jerip Susil quitting the party. He said: “The road ahead for PSB is very wide and our future is going to be very bright. I am very confident”.