Who is the real president of Peace Party?

KUCHING: Will the real president of Peace Party (People’s Alliance for Justice of Peace) please stand up.

Yesterday, its former secretary-general Pok Ungkut claimed he was the legitimate president, saying he had never resigned from the party as reported by a certain individual in the media last week.

He admitted to have tendered a resignation letter in May 2014 but it was retracted within 24 hours, adding that the withdrawal was accepted by the party’s supreme council members a few days later – on May 21.

Pok further said he succeeded Ting Jack Hui as party president following the latter’s resignation from the party. Ting’s predecessor is 81-year-old retired civil servant Julian Petrus Jout.

Pok also said Julian’s post as party president was terminated by the supreme council on July 20, 2014, and had his membership revoked on Aug 25 the same year.

“He (Julian) is not a member of Peace Party Sarawak. The termination and dismissal were done in accordance with the party’s constitution and letters had been sent to him as well as to the Registrar of Societies (ROS),” Pok told The Borneo Post on Monday.

Accompanying him at the interview was a supreme council member Marcus Kanyong, who claimed that he was the Information chief.

According to Pok, after replacing Ting as party president, Lakun Abu was appointed as the secretary-general on Jan 16 last year. He even said that the address of Peace Party Sarawak had been changed to a commercial lot in Pending during a special general assembly held on June 14, 2014.

“The party filed its annual report and the latest Supreme Council members to ROS Putrajaya in August last year.”

A check with ROS however revealed that they were still sorting out the legitimate office bearers of Peace Party. The registrar could not confirm who the legitimate president was and that investigation was on-going.

On Dec 31, The Borneo Post reported that Julian claimed that both Pok and Marcus were no longer members of the party as they had resigned from all positions. He claimed that they had issued press statements to the media without authorisation, referring to a report which appeared in The Borneo Post on Christmas Day.

Julian said his residence at Jalan Satok still served as the party headquarters. He also said a police report had been lodged regarding the matter and that a copy of the report was also forwarded to ROS headquarters in Putrajaya.

The controversy came to light when Marcus issued a statement on Dec 24, saying the party was targeting to contest in at least 15 rural constituencies in the next state election.

According to him, the party’s election committee had identified 10 constituencies namely Tasik Biru, Serembu, Mambong, Bukit Semuja, Balai Ringin, Bukit Begunan, Simanggang, Pelagus, Baleh and Bukit Saban.

Marcus also mentioned that Pok was targeting to contest in Balai Ringin while he himself was eyeing Bukit Begunan. - Borneo Post


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