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June 26, 2010

SNAP – is relevant again

Filed under: Dayak Syndrome,Sarawak Politics — Pengayau @ 5:53 pm
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Taken from  DayakBaru

Written by: Dr.John Brian Anthony

Kerubong Tekura NO MORE!

I remember in the last election those SNAP candidates were accused of using “kerubong tekura” – : empty tortoise shell because of its legal standing when contesting the last State election. It means SNAP is an empty party without hope.

MDC (Malaysian Dayak Congress)  effort to get registered were denied by the Government at that point in time (2006) and a decision was made to be together with SNAP. In the last election, SNAP won a seat  of DUN Engkilili. Instead of  nurturing SNAP to become stronger and fight for Sarawak people’s issue Johnichol Rayong, the SNAP sole winner he decided to be come a BULL FROG. He is expected to be admitted to join BN/SUPP. It is a blessing for MDC /SNAP not to have a leader like Johnichol Rayong who only has a personal agenda to make himself rich.

Taib says SNAP can ask to join BN

Edwin Dundang and Stanley Jugol, SNAP President and Secretary General respectively says SNAP is with Pakatan Rakyat now. Taib say SNAP can rejoin BN subjected to component parties collective decision.

Suddenly, SNAP become relevant again. It is the oldest multi-racial party in Sarawak and SNAP has a colourful political history. SNAP has given “birth” to the deregistered PBDS and current SPDP. Even PRS leadership were mostly from SNAP. Many of the  leadership of PKR Sarawak were previously from SNAP. Actually, PKR has many former SNAP members.

It is important that SNAP will move towards a new political era, an era of multi-racialism in Sarawak. It is the only local political party with a multi-racial face.

What is expected of SNAP?

In this blog, we have two opinions on SNAP. There are some Dayakbaru who wanted SNAP to die a natural death. Neverthless there are as many Dayakbaru who feels that SNAP must be made active again as it is the only Pakatan Rakyat component that is Sarawak based. PKR , DAP and  PAS are Malaya party.

Many Sarawakian are not comfortable to be a member of PKR, DAP or PAS. In this instance now, SNAP is a very attractive alternative and a political platform that Sarawakian is most familiar with. SNAP understand Sarawak politics very well and without the threat of being de-registered it should be a party of choice for many young Dayak.

Here, the young Sarawakian must regroup again and think carefully of their vision and strategy to counted as a strong political player in Sarawak. SNAP needs money and most of all it needs supporters with Sarawak interest at heart.

SNAP Leadership

It is understandable that many of the current SNAP leaders has been with SNAP for a long time. Their loyalty to the party  and personal principle has been tested and they come out on top.

SNAP will need to blend in young leaders to give the party the energy to carry out its activities while the old leaders provide the wisdom and reminders.

The first priority for SNAP would be to re-energize its branches and membership drive to get party supporters and workers together. Those who are not comfortable with being members of PKR, DAP and PAS will find a satisfying membership in SNAP. Of course SNAP will work towards revamping its political goals, organization and role to eventually become the back bone of Sarawak politics.

Membership with SNAP

Those of you who feel that you want to be part of the Pakatan Rakyat struggle but insist that we must have a Sarawak based party – this is a golden opportunity to be part of the Change WE Must.

Conclusion

There are certain personality in SNAP that has interfere with SNAP struggle and direction. It is the most appropriate time for SNAP to make new changes as this is its golden opportunity to rid itself of “musuh dalam selimut”.

Here we go again – a chance for us to make a change that will bring Sarawak and Dayak to a higher level of political and economic progress through changes in Government.

 

Pengayau comment

I dont want to get carried away by the emotion.We dont have to be NOSTALGIC of SNAP for its “Sentimental Value”.We dont have to glorify their Glory Days in the past.Because it is just a history,it is so yesterday.

We should move forward to embrace the Future.We votes for the Future and not for the Past.That is what we should get it clear in our mind.

Now,talking about SNAP which has been “Re-Born”,what does that mean to us,the Dayaks?That we should answer first.With or without SNAP,we are still here,fighting agaisnt this Corrupt Government of Taib Mahmud.

Im still have a “Mixed” feelings and views with SNAP since it has been “Re-born”..Can it cope up with their missing steps before?Can it attract “Rebak Baru” to join them?Can they earn or have the credibility to lead us the Dayaks?

Bear in mind that they are still certain leaders in SNAP who is still very much a BN man at heart.This has been shown in Batang Ai and Sibu By Election recently.SNAP is in crucial period to get their house in order first before they can talk about “Re-branding,Re-brain,Re-vived and Re-juvenate”

For now,my support still goes to PKR,unless SNAP can show to me they are not just a ‘Senior” Mosquito Party in Sarawak.Sadly,we dont have any Sarawak based Opposition Party who has the credibility to shown to us or even lead us.When the time come,i would be very glad to hand over my membership form to SNAP.

If in Sabah,SAPP would get my votes and support.They has shown enough sincerity and commitment to their struggle ever since they pulled out from BN. They are very clear and focused of their objectives & goals – political autonomy for Sabah. Though not easy for them, but over the year since ditching BN, they have made significant progress in convincing the people of Sabah to support them.

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