Larry Sng

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Larry Sng
孙伟瑄
1st President of the
Parti Bangsa Malaysia
Assumed office
8 January 2022
DeputyHaniza Mohamed Talha
Preceded byPosition established
1st Deputy President of the
Parti Bangsa Malaysia
In office
21 November 2021 – 8 January 2022
PresidentPosition vacant
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byHaniza Mohamed Talha
State Chairman of the
People's Justice Party of
Sarawak
In office
13 March 2020 – 27 February 2021
PresidentAnwar Ibrahim
Preceded byBaru Bian
Succeeded byAbang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh
Ministerial roles (Sarawak)
2004–2011Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Office
2004–2011Assistant Minister of Industrial Development
2009–2011Assistant Minister of Youth
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018–2021Pakatan Harapan
2021Independent
2021–Malaysian Nation Party
Faction represented in Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
2001–2011Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Born
Larry Sng Wei Shien

(1979-09-14) 14 September 1979 (age 42)
Taipei, Taiwan
CitizenshipMalaysian
NationalityMalaysian
Political partyParti Bansa Dayak Sarawak
(2001–2004)
Parti Rakyat Sarawak
(2004–2007)
Independent
(2007–2012), (2017–2019), (2021)
Sarawak Workers Party
(2012–2017)
People's Justice Party
(2019–2021)
Parti Bangsa Malaysia
(since 2021)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional
(allied) (2007–2012, aligned:since 2021)
Pakatan Harapan
(2018–2021)
Perikatan Nasional
(aligned:since 2021)
Spouse(s)
May Ting
(m. 2006)
RelationsSng Chin Joo (grandfather)
Ting Pek Khiing (father-in-law)
Parent(s)Sng Chee Hua (father)
Susan Sng (mother)
Residence(s)Jalan Airport, Kapit, Sarawak
Alma materLondon School of Economics (LSE)
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionBusinessman
Larry Sng on Facebook
Larry Sng on Parliament of Malaysia

Larry Sng Wei Shien[a] (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.[2] He served as Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Pelagus from September 2001 to April 2011.[1] He is a member of the Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM). In PBM, he has served as President since January 2022 and served as Deputy President from November 2021 to January 2022. He was a member, State Chairman of Sarawak for the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition coalition.[3] On 28 February 2021, he left PKR to become an independent again and declared support for the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition. On 21 November 2021, he was declared Deputy President of a new party, PBM. On 8 January 2022, he was declared President of PBM.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Sng was born on 14 September 1979 in Taipei to Sarawakian multi-millionaire businessman-politician Sng Chee Hua and Taiwanese-born wife Susan Sng.[5] 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. Meanwhile, his grandfather Sng Chin Joo was also a Council Negri (now Sarawak State Legislative Assembly) member in 1963 and the Kapitan Cina in Kapit in the mid-80s.[2][6] The family has a long track record with the Iban community in Sarawak, having resided in Jalan Airport, Kapit.[5][7]

Sng grew up in Kuala Lumpur and in England, and graduated from London School of Economics (LSE).[5]

Political career[edit]

Sng joined the Sarawak Native People's Party (PBDS) in 2001 when he was 21.[2] 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.[8] 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).[6][9][7]

Sng joined the new Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) in 2004 which was founded by James Jemut Masing and his father the senior Sng in the wake of the de-registration of PBDS and succeeded it as a component of BN. In 2006 state election, he retained his Pelagus seat as a PRS candidate. He had been the PRS deputy secretary general under the presidency of Masing until a leadership tussle between them resulted in the revocation of Sng's party membership for insubordination in 2007.[6][10]

In 2009, he was given additional portfolio of Assistant Minister of Youth (Training) albeit being a 'partyless independent' pro-BN status. Anyway he was subsequently dropped from contesting and defending the Pelagus state assembly seat under BN's banner in 2011 state election.[11] Sng got to keep his post as the deputy chairman of Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) as well as Sarawak Convention Centre (now Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, BCCK) it was handling then and was still appointed Youth Affairs advisor to the Chief Minister Taib Mahmud's state government in 2012 amid his BN-friendly status.[7]

Sng somehow resigned from the post in 2013 to assume the position of founding president of just formed Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) which proclaimed to be BN-friendly too.[12] In the 2013 general election (GE13), he contested as SWP candidate in Lubok Antu parliamentary seat but lost.[6] In March 2016, while serving as the SWP party president Sng had initially planned to contest the newly created state constituency of Bukit Goram in upcoming 2016 state election,[13] but later in April he unexpectedly resigned from the party instead thus renouncing his candidacy.[14] He explained he has quits although he could have won because he felt he could not truly serve the constituents without being in BN in an emotional post on his Facebook.[15]

In the 2018 general election (GE14), Sng had contested as an Independent candidate and successfully elected the MP for the Julau federal constituency by 10,105 of the 18,279 votes cast.[16] He defeated Joseph Salang Gandum the four-term incumbent and PRS deputy president.[17] He joined the PKR which is part of new Pakatan Harapan (PH) ruling coalition shortly after his victory in the election.[18] He was picked during the PH's rules as chairman of the Malaysian Pepper Board (MPB) under the federal Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities from May 2018 to April 2020.[19][20]

Following the collapse of PH in the February 2020 Malaysian political crisis also dubbed as 'Sheraton Move', Sng was then appointed as the Sarawak chief of PKR left vacant by incumbent Baru Bian who had turn to be independent and joined Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).[3][21] He announced on 21 December he was stepping down from the post only to retract it after persuasion including by Anwar Ibrahim later.[22] Somehow in February 2021 he eventually quit PKR to revert to be an independent MP but supports the new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his led Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration.[23] Sng explained that he just wanted to be a contributing member for a stable government after he continued backing UMNO's Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the new PN's functional Prime Minister following the resignation of Muhyiddin who is the PN chairman lost his majority on 16 August, whereas the real motive of his move still being questioned.[24] Sng has been appointed as the new chairman of Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), a GLC to promote the market expansion of Malaysian palm oil and its products with effect from 1 October.[25]

Together with Steven Choong, he announced the formation of Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) on 19 November 2021.[26]

Controversies[edit]

During PKR party elections in 2018, Anwar Ibrahim who has secured the presidency uncontested, hesitated to work with his elected deputy president and preferred on having his own line-up at the national level had led to a bitter contest of 2 divisive camps of Team Azmin Ali against Team Rafizi Ramli where Anwar support inclines to the latter in the party polls. The Sarawak PKR was affected too and divide reached its peak when the pro-Team Rafizi Julau PKR division headed by Sng suddenly gained a suspiciously high number and spiked of members from 603 to 13,000 on 26 June. PKR president's support for Julau was obvious when PKR headquarters never took action against the Julau PKR division then.[21]

Instigation of Sheraton Move[edit]

Following the Political Infighting within Pakatan Harapan and Perikatan Nasional Government. Bersatu President Muhyiddin Yassin together with PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang and PKR defected members led by Azmin Ali formed the Perikatan Nasional and working alongside UMNO leaders Abdul Hadi Awang and Ismail Sabri Yaakob to causing a power vacuum after then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resignation then simple majority in the Malaysian Government causing many political instability which led to Malaysian political crisis.

Insulting Critic over Twitter Controversies and Deactivation of his Twitter Account[edit]

Following the tweets made by Parti Aspirasi Sains Malaysia president Kenneth Chai several political controversies, including his termination from the Malaysian Pepper Board on Larry Sng . He swiftly responded to the list by tweeting “burn in hell". Larry has deleted his reply and subsequently deactivated his Twitter account following the incident.However, a Twitter user was quick to remind the politician that they had screenshots of the interaction.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Sng 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.[28] May Ting is the eldest daughter of well-known Sarawak business magnate who was awarded the Bakun Dam project, Ting Pek Khiing and wife Chai Yu Lan.[29]

Sng widely known for his corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community services, runs 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][30] 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.[31]

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. ^ Sng (surname) also romanized as Soon especially in regions with Mandarin-cum-Pinyin-practicing populations.[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 c "Larry Sng – a political veteran at 41". The Vibes. 17 October 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Yuen Meikeng (8 January 2022). "Julau MP Sng is PBM president". The Star. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Philip Golingai (9 May 2006). "Winning the hearts of the Ibans". www.thestar.com.my. The Star Online. Retrieved 9 May 2006.
  6. ^ a b c d James Alexander Ritchie (22 March 2019). "Cutting the nose to spite the face". New Sarawak Tribune. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "Larry Sng holds open house on first day of Chinese New Year". Borneo Post. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  8. ^ Francis Paul Siah (8 November 2018). "Larry Sng – the 'young man', his father and their Julau bastion". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Seven Sarawak assistant ministers sworn". The Star. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  10. ^ Rintos Mail (16 February 2011). "PRS adamant about not wanting sacked Sng back". The Star. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  11. ^ Johnson K Saai (21 January 2016). "Masing: PRS' rejection of Sng nothing personal". Borneo Post. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Larry Sng: Personal vendetta tag is wrong". Borneo Post Online. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Larry Sng launches SWP service centre". Borneo Post Online. 29 February 2016. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  14. ^ Yu Ji (20 April 2016). "Sarawak polls: SWP founder quits party". The Star. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  15. ^ "I could have won, says Larry Sng, thanking Taib in painful goodbye". Malaysiakini. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ "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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "Larry Sng new chairman of Malaysian Pepper Board". Borneo Post Online. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  20. ^ Sulok Tawie (1 April 2020). "Julau MP says removed as Malaysian Pepper Board chairman". Malay Mail. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  21. ^ a b Philip Golingai (16 March 2021). "How PKR won, then lost Sarawak: The Star columnist". The Asian Voice. The Straits Times. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  22. ^ Zakiah Koya (28 February 2021). "Larry Sng quits as Sarawak PKR chief". The Star. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  23. ^ Zakiyah Koya (28 February 2021). "Two PKR MPs declare support for PM, Larry Sng confirms". The Star. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  24. ^ Arjun Mohanakrishnan (16 August 2021). "I want to be part of a stable govt, Sng says after PM resigns". The Vibes. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  25. ^ "Ex-PKR MP Larry Sng appointed as new MPOC chairman". Borneo Post. 25 October 2021. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  26. ^ Friday, 19 Nov 2021 10:36 AM MYT. "Ex-PKR duo Steven Choong, Larry Sng in midst of forming new party Parti Bangsa Malaysia | Malay Mail". www.malaymail.com. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  27. ^ "Larry Sng fires back at netizen to 'burn in hell' over party-hopping jibe". The Star. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  28. ^ Tony Thien (14 October 2006). "When Larry met May..." Malaysiakini. Retrieved 14 October 2006.
  29. ^ "Asst minister weds tycoon's daughter". www.thestar.com.my. The Star Online. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  30. ^ "67 apply for Larry Sng Education Fund". Borneo Post Online. 24 January 2014. Archived from the original on 14 February 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  31. ^ "Sarawak's richest MP: Larry Sng". Borneo Post. 24 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.

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