Former assistant minister Larry Sng Wei Shien was today elected Sarawak Workers' Party (SWP) president at its inaugral annual general meeting here. SWP is the latest local based opposition party in the state. Its prime mover is Larry's father, Datuk Sng Chee Hua, who is former deputy president of the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and former Pelagus state assemblyman and Julau member of parliament. Pelagus state assemblyman George Lagong, who won as an independent in the last state election, and who recently joined the party, was also elected the party's deputy president. Its two senior vice-presidents are Josephine Randan Mawat, and William Gani Bina who is also Sarawak Teacher's Union president. The party has two other vice-presidents and 14 supreme council members who include part-time lecturer Ellison Ludan and former senior police officer Jonathan Jalin who are tipped to be its candidates for Kanowit and Lubok Antu, respectively, against PRS' Datuk Aaron Dagang and William Nyalau. Speaking to reporters, Larry, 33, maintained SWP would be a Barisan Nasional (BN)-friendly party but would contest against the state BN component party, PRS, in its six seats of Lubok Antu, Sri Aman, Hulu Rajang, Kanowit, Julau and Selangau. "We will be friendly to the rest of the state BN component parties and look forward to working with them. "We are a multi-racial party with our headquarters in Kuching...currently, we have about 10,000 registered members state-wide," he said, adding the party was also a blend of new and exprienced politicians from both urban and rural areas. Meanwhile, Larry said he would soon announce his resignation as special advisor (youth matters) to the state government.
Monday, May 28, 2012