Larry Sng

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Larry Sng[a]

MP
孙伟瑄
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Julau
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byJoseph Salang Gandum
Majority1,931 (2018)
Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
for Pelagus
In office
27 September 2001 – 15 April 2011
Preceded bySng Chee Hua
Succeeded byGeorge Lagong
Majority6,263 (2001), 3,239 (2006)
State Chairman of the
People's Justice Party of
Sarawak
In office
13 March 2020 – 27 February 2021
PresidentAnwar Ibrahim
Preceded byBaru Bian
Succeeded byTBA
Personal details
Born
Larry Sng Wei Shien

(1979-09-14) September 14, 1979 (age 41)
CitizenshipMalaysian
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyParti Bansa Dayak Sarawak
(2001–2004)
Parti Rakyat Sarawak
(2004–2007)
Independent
(2007–2012), (2016–2018), (since 2021)
Sarawak Workers Party
(2012–2016)
People's Justice Party
(2018–2021)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional
(allied) (2007–2012)
Pakatan Harapan
(2018–2021)
Perikatan Nasional
(allied) (since 2021)
Spouse(s)May Ting
RelationsTan Sri Ting Pek Khiing (Father-in-law)
Puan Sri Chai Yu Lan (Mother-in-law)
ParentsDatuk Sng Chee Hua (Father)
Datin Susan Sng (Mother)
Alma materLondon School of Economics (LSE)
OccupationPolitician

Larry Sng Wei Shien (simplified Chinese: 孙伟瑄; traditional Chinese: 孫偉瑄; pinyin: Sūn Wěixuān), is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Julau since May 2018. He served as Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Pelagus from September 2001 to April 2011. [1] He was a member, State Chairman of Sarawak of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition coalition.[2] On 28 February 2021, he left PKR to become an independent and declared support for the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.

Personal life and education[edit]

Larry was born on 14 September 1979 to Sarawakian multi-millionaire businessman-politician Sng Chee Hua and wife Taiwanese-born Susan Sng.[3] His father is the former one-term Julau MP from 1995 to 1999, two-term Pelagus assemblyman from 1991 to 2001 and a renowned corporate player. His grandfather is Kapitan China Sng Joo in Kapit in the mid-80s.[4]

Larry, a graduate of London School of Economics (LSE) was 27 age when he married May Ting, age 29, a political science and economics graduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS) as well as a Masters graduate in commerce from an Australian university on 14 October 2006.[5] May is the eldest daughter of well-known Sarawak business magnate, Ting Pek Khiing and wife Chai Yu Lan.[6]

Larry is known to be running the Larry Sng Education Fund which had already given out more than RM1 million that benefited many deserving students from Pelagus and Bukit Goram studying in various higher learning institutions since.[7] Larry has been touted as the Sarawak's richest MP after he declared that his and his wife's assets to be around RM11.78 million to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as reported on its asset declaration portal in November 2018.[8]

Politics career[edit]

Larry who was born in the Iban heartland of central Sarawak, joined Sarawak Native People's Party (PBDS) in 2001 when he was 22. He first stood on the PBDS ticket in 2001 state election, replacing his father as the Pelagus representative. He had served two terms as Barisan Nasional (BN) state assemblyman of Sarawak for Pelagus from 2001 to 2011.[9] Under the Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud BN's administration in 2004, he was the Sarawak's youngest assistant minister when appointed the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Office (Economic Planning) as well as Assistant Minister of Industrial Development (Planning).[4][10]

Then Larry joined the new Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) in 2004 which was founded by Dr James Jemut Masing and his father in the wake of the de-registration of PBDS. In 2006 state election, he retained his Pelagus seat but as the PRS candidate. He had been the PRS deputy secretary general under the presidency of the Land Development Minister, Dr James until a leadership tussle between them causing him being sacked from the party for insubordination in 2007.[4][11] In 2009, he was given the additional portfolio of Assistant Minister of Youth (Training) irrespective of his partyless status. He was somehow dropped from contesting and defending the Pelagus state assembly seat in 2011 state election.[12]

He had also served as the deputy chairman of Sarawak Convention Bureau and Sarawak Convention Centre. He was still appointed Youth Affairs advisor to the state government in 2012. Larry resigned from the post in 2013 to assume the position of founding president of newly formed Sarawak Workers Party (SWP). In the 2013 general election, he contested as SWP candidate in Lubok Antu parliamentary seat but lost.[4] In April 2016, Larry amidst being the party president, unexpectedly resigned from SWP thus cancelling his earlier announced candidacy for the newly created state constituency of Bukit Goram in the forth coming 2016 state election then.[13] He explained he has quits because he felt he could not truly serve the constituents without being in BN in an emotional post on his Facebook.[14]

In the 2018 general election (GE14), Larry had contested as an Independent candidate and was elected to the Parliament of Malaysia for the Julau federal constituency.[15] He won 10,105 of the 18,279 votes cast[15] to defeat the four-term incumbent, PRS deputy president, Joseph Salang Gandum.[16] He joined the PKR shortly after the election.[17] He was elected as the Sarawak chief of PKR in 2020.[2] He had served as chairman of the Malaysian Pepper Board (MPB) under the federal Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities from May 2018 to April 2020 during the PH's rules.[18]

On 21 December 2020, he announced that he was stepping down as the State Chairman of PKR of Sarawak and designated a Dayak leader as his successor to him in that position. However, six days later on 27 December 2020, he announced that he would withdraw his decision to resign and stay on in the position after discussions with his party president, Anwar Ibrahim who is the President of PKR. However on 28 February 2021, he suddenly announce that he would relinquish his post as the state chairman of PKR and at the same time, quitting the party as well. Subsequently, he would become an Independent MP while declaring his full support to Muhyiddin Yassin's leadership.[19]

Election results[edit]

Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2001 N48 Pelagus Larry Sng (PBDS) 7,418 76.77% Ling Kok Hong (IND) 1,155 11.95% 9,786 6,263 73.00%
Jeffery Nuing Ebom (IND) 1,011 10.46%
Chua Bee Hun (IND) 40 0.41%
Lee Hun Tak (IND) 39 0.40%
2006 N54 Pelagus Larry Sng (PRS) 5,965 64.61% Jeffery Nuing Ebom (IND) 2,726 29.53% 9,401 3,239 67.64%
Simon Sibat (SNAP) 541 5.86%
Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 P203 Lubok Antu, Sarawak Larry Sng (SWP) 4,187 27.92% William Nyallau Badak (PRS) 8,278 55.21% 15,166 4,091 78.57%
Nicholas Bawin Anggat (PKR) 2,530 16.87%
2018 P209 Julau, Sarawak Larry Sng (IND) 10,105 55.28% Joseph Salang Gandum (PRS) 8,174 44.72% 18,569 1,931 73.16%

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also romanized as Soon.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Profile at the official portal of Parliament of Malaysia". Parliament of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 17 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b Sulok Tawie (13 March 2020). "Baru Bian's rival, Larry Sng, wins race to lead Sarawak PKR". Malay Mail. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ Philip Golingai (9 May 2006). "Winning the hearts of the Ibans". www.thestar.com.my. The Star Online. Retrieved 9 May 2006.
  4. ^ a b c d James Alexander Ritchie (22 March 2019). "Cutting the nose to spite the face". New Sarawak Tribune. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  5. ^ Tony Thien (14 October 2006). "When Larry met May..." Malaysiakini. Retrieved 14 October 2006.
  6. ^ "Asst minister weds tycoon's daughter - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Larry Sng holds open house on first day of Chinese New Year". Borneo Post. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Sarawak's richest MP: Larry Sng". Borneo Post. 24 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ Francis Paul Siah (8 November 2018). "Larry Sng - the 'young man', his father and their Julau bastion". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Seven Sarawak assistant ministers sworn in - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  11. ^ Rintos Mail (16 February 2011). "PRS adamant about not wanting sacked Sng back". The Star. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  12. ^ Johnson K Saai (21 January 2016). "Masing: PRS' rejection of Sng nothing personal". Borneo Post. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  13. ^ Yu Ji (20 April 2016). "Sarawak polls: SWP founder quits party". The Star. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  14. ^ "I could have won, says Larry Sng, thanking Taib in painful goodbye". Malaysiakini. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Federal Government Gazette: Results of Contested Election and Statements of the Poll after the Official Addition of Votes – Parliamentary Constituencies for the State of Sarawak" (PDF). Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia. 28 May 2018. p. 21. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Sng creates an upset, beats Joseph Salang in Julau". New Straits Times. 9 May 2018. Archived from the original on 9 May 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  17. ^ Lim, Ida (22 December 2018). "Report: Larry Sng claims was wooed by Dr M, Azmin, and Rafizi to join Pakatan". Malay Mail. Archived from the original on 17 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  18. ^ Sulok Tawie (1 April 2020). "Julau MP says removed as Malaysian Pepper Board chairman". Malay Mail. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  19. ^ Zakiyah Koya (28 February 2021). "Two PKR MPs declare support for PM, Larry Sng confirms". The Star. Retrieved 28 February 2021.