PKR wants only loyal members to be picked as GE candidates, says VP

JOHOR BARU: PKR will be selecting better candidates who would not betray the people’s mandate, says its vice-president Chang Lih Kang.

The Tanjong Malim MP also expressed the party’s apologies to voters in Tebrau and Julau constituencies after their respective elected representatives Steven Choong Shiau Yoon and Larry Sng Wei Shien left for Perikatan Nasional.

“We feel guilty, but PKR will make sure that the upcoming candidates would be those of those with integrity and have better capabilities then the present MPs, which betrayed the people’s mandate.

That will be our guarantee, ” he said when met after attending a women’s right programme organised by the Tebrau PKR division at a shopping mall here on Saturday (March 6).

On Feb 28, Sng and Choong quit the party to declare their support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan Nasional government.

In a Facebook post, Muhyiddin said Sng – who was the Sarawak state PKR chief – and Choong handed over their SDs stating their support for him as the Prime Minister for the Perikatan government.

Chang added the actions of Sng and Choong were very different from the actions of the three Johor Parti Amanah Negara assemblymen who joined PKR recently.

“This is a non-issue and different from Sng and Choong who joined another coalition, ” he said, adding that Amanah and PKR were friendly parties with both coming from the same coalition.

The three assemblymen who left Amanah were Khairuddin A. Rahim (Senggarang), Muhamad Said Jonit (Mahkota) and Faizul Amri Adnan (Serom).

On the upcoming general election, Chang said PKR would not be giving up any of its seats that it had won to their Pakatan Harapan component members.

“We will not be handing over our incumbent seats unless they are prepared to exchange similar seats, ” he added.