KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) new member Baru Bian dismissed a notion labelling him as a political frog following his switch from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
He said the country’s politics was dynamic, constantly evolving and changing. He also described the situation in PKR when he left as diverting from the party’s original vision and mission.
“We have no choice but to leave, that is what happened. When we joined PKR, we thought it was a multiracial party, fighting for justice for everyone, but along the way, its leaders changed.
“Because if you don’t believe in that vision and mission anymore, you leave the party, it would be silly to stay.
“When we left, they called us katak (political frog). But that is a good katak. An intelligent katak would jump, a stupid katak would stay,” he told a press conference today.
Baru said his and PKR Sarawak’s support for former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali over party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was because Azmin had appeared to be the leader in PKR.
“He was the one who could bring changes and he delivered on a few things, (and on his) promises within the party.
“But at the end of the day, we looked at the choices that he made. You know, I left at the last minute because what they decided was not what I believed in,” he said referring to his declaration of support towards Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the eleventh hour in late February.
Baru revealed that he also spoke and tried to reason with former PKR colleague Ali Biju and Willie Mongin to bring them into PSB.
“At the end of the day, they are politically mature enough to make their own choices. They said they will think about it. Of course, they are given positions in the new (federal) government (to think about),” he said.