QUICK TAKE:: Larry Sng Wei Sien was only 22 years old when he first contested the state seat of Pelagus in 2001 and won.
His father, prominent businessman and Kapit elder Sng Chee Hua, held Pelagus for two consecutive terms and the family name carried the young Larry through on his electoral debut.
Due credit must be given to Larry for his meteoric rise in politics. He was a capable and intelligent young man and then Chief Minister Taib Mahmud recognised Larry’s strengths and appointed him an assistant minister, putting him in charge of youth affairs.
But the rough and tumble of party politics soon took its toll on the young politician. He was out-maneuvered by Dr James Masing in a struggle within Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and went on to set up the Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) soon after.
SWP put up a gallant show in GE13, fielding several candidates including Larry and his father. But all were defeated.
In a Facebook posting recently, Larry detailed the reasons for his resignation from SWP and explained why he was withdrawing his candidacy for Bukit Goram in the May 7 polls.
He wrote about how he had struggled to fit in by sacrificing his time for work and how most of his income went back to the people in the form of donations.
There is also a hint of regret in the message, as he talked about his realisation that only through BN “could he have continued to serve the people”.
“The decision not to contest was a very painful one. So painful in fact that I lost four kilograms in five days,” Larry explained.
“The truth of the matter was the realisation that this election was shaping up to be the most expensive election. I believe I could have won, but even if I did, I wouldn’t be able to service the people the way they remembered me. Only through BN could I have done so.”
Larry had earlier announced his resignation in a surprise update on SWP’s Facebook page, handing over all party decisions to its secretary-general Munan Laja.
In February, the founder of SWP had been adamant in fighting for the new seat of Bukit Goram which was carved out of the Baleh and Pelagus seats.
While Larry had explained his decision to quit SWP, there could be other reasons he is not telling.
Whatever they may be, it’s hard to believe that this is the end of Larry Sng’s political career.
At only 37 and armed with a well-known family name from Kapit, coupled with his personal strengths, Larry will surely make a comeback to Sarawak politics.
Many seasoned politics will readily agree that skipping one election or two really doesn’t matter.
And hey, didn’t someone say that “a politician only thinks of the next election while a statesman thinks of the next generation”? – The Ant Daily