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February 12, 2010

SPDP crisis may be taking a turn for the worst


 

KUCHING – The deputy secretary general of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), Paul Igai, said today that the party is aware of the move by the five elected representatives and three members of its supreme council to leave the party.

“Yes, we are aware of their move, but we still want them to come back,” said Igai who is also a political secretary to the Chief Minister.

He said: “We must, instead, reconsolidate and re-energise the party. Focus must be on the strength of the party and the Barisan Nasional in view of the coming state election.

“Parking permits must never be an option. They are still needed in the party,” said Igai.

He said the party president, William Mawan, had met the Chief Minister and the chairman of the State Barisan Nasional, Abdul Taib Mahmud, to explain the party crisis.

Political observers, however, see the crisis has worsened because of the move by the five elected representatives and three of the supreme council members to quit the party.

Decision to leave SPDP

The elected representatives are Sylvester Enteri (state assemblyman for Marudi), Peter Nansian (state assemblyman for Tasik Biru), Rosey Yunus (state assemblywoman for Bekenu), Paulus Gumbang (state assemblyman for Batu Danau) and  Dr. Tiki Lafe (MP for Mas Gading).

The three supreme council members are Peter Gani, George Garai and Eda Egar.

According to highly-placed sources, the group met the Sarawak Chief Minister on Wednesday to inform him of their decision to leave SPDP. They are asking to be parked with Parti Rakyat Sarawak which is headed by James Masing.

Last Thursday, they met with the Prime Minister informing him of their decision to leave the party.

The sources said that they were told by the Prime Minister not to form another party as they might not be able to join Barisan Nasional later.

Maintaining status quo

But the Prime Minister was said to have told them to consult the Chief Minister as to which party they should be parked.

The crisis precipitated last month after Mawan dropped Enteri as secretary general and replaced him with state assemblyman for Ba’Kelalan Nelson Balang Rining,

Enteri accused Mawan of not honouring his promise of maintaining status quo after listing him as one of the “President’s men” before the party went for its election last year.

A PRS leader, who refused to be identified, has welcomed the move by the group to be parked with PRS as it would not only enlarge the party’s elected representatives, but would also open the way for the merger of Dayak-based parties.

Currently, PRS has nine state assemblymen and six MPs. — Malaysian Mirror

These are the “Explaination” by some of the Rebels at the very first stage of the Crisis

SylvesterEntri(Marudi):”Mawan abused his pregorative and acted according to the advice of only few members.He has ignored the wishes of the Majority”
 
Rosey Yunus(Bekenu):”I was rushing for a flight back to Miri”
Peter Nansian(Tasik Biru):”I only left when the meeting was over and that was after i informed the President that i had function at home”…
Paulus Palu Gumbang(Batu Danau)=”Paulus,an appointed Vice President said he had to protest because what was announced at that meeting turned out to be different thing”
Tiki Lafe:So far no statement for him but he was present at the Press Conference which being held by Entri
Peter Ghani:”Gani,an SPDP founding member, had called on Mawan to resign, saying the members had lost confidence in his leadership”
George Garai,Cr Eda Igar:Both of them were Supreme Council members.Up to date,no statement from them

**So thats mean all together 8 walkout with 4 CONFIRMED Protest Walkout(Tiki,Entri,Paulus,Peter Ghani) 2 walkout with Good reason(Rosey,Nansian) and 2 Supreme Council Members,George Garai and Cr Eda Igar but yet to come with their statement

Ps:James Wong the former President of SNAP( Sarawak National Party) is still alive and he would be clapping his hands and clenching his fists and saying..Yes about time and Thank God History Does Repeat Itself. William led a walkout in SNAP 8 years ago and now he is swallowing his own medicine and its all his own doing. He has been trapped and he should have listened.

January 29, 2010

Mawan under pressure to quit

Filed under: Iban Dilemma?,Sarawak Politics — Pengayau @ 3:53 am
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KUCHING – The crisis in the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) deepened with some members calling for William Mawan to resign as president of the party, but Mawan dismissed the demand.

william-mawan

“I will not bow down to personal feelings of some members,” he said, pointing out that he would not abandon the responsibility and the trust placed upon him by those who had elected him.

Explaining his stand

“I am elected unopposed as president and I have a duty to those who elected me. I will not run away from my responsibility.  This is Mawan,” he said yesterday when asked by Malaysian Mirror to comment on demands by Peter Gani for him to resign to solve the present crisis.

“I appreciate the feelings of my friend Gani, but resignation is not an option for me. I will not bow down to pressure. I have a long-term strategy and the interest of members and the party to think about.

Gani, an SPDP founding member, had called on Mawan to resign, saying the members had lost confidence in his leadership.

Grassroots, not aides, decide fate

In Sibu, Tamin branch chairman Engkail Bunyau said branch members want the president to listen to the wishes of the grassroots rather than to just close aides.

He described Mawan’s decision to replace Sylvester Enteri as secretary-general with Nelson Balang Rining as “untimely”.

Dissent grows louder

Batu Danau state assemblyman Paulus Gumbang, who was one of those who had walked out during the supreme council meeting in support of Enteri, said he was shocked that the top leadership was engaging in underhanded politics.

He said the leadership should set a good example as such politics would only divide the party and weaken its powerbase.

SylvesterEntri(Marudi):”Mawan abused his pregorative and acted according to the advice of only few members.He has ignored the wishes of the Majority”

Rosey Yunus(Bekenu):”I was rushing for a flight back to Miri”

Peter Nansian(Tasik Biru):”I only left when the meeting was over and that was after i informed the President that i had function at home”…

Paulus Palu Gumbang(Batu Danau)=”Paulus,an appointed Vice President said he had to protest because what was announced at that meeting turned out to be different thing”

Tiki Lafe:So far no statement for him but he was present at the Press Conference which being held by Entri

Peter Ghani:”Gani,an SPDP founding member, had called on Mawan to resign, saying the members had lost confidence in his leadership”

George Garai,Cr Eda Igar:Both of them were Supreme Council members.Up to date,no statement from them

**So thats mean all together 8 walkout with 4 CONFIRMED Protest Walkout(Tiki,Entri,Paulus,Peter Ghani) 2 walkout with Good reason(Rosey,Nansian) and 2 Supreme Council Members,George Garai and Cr Eda Igar but yet to come with their statement

Ps:James Wong the former President of SNAP( Sarawak National Party) is still alive and he would be clapping his hands and clenching his fists and saying..Yes about time and Thank God History Does Repeat Itself. William led a walkout in SNAP 8 years ago and now he is swallowing his own medicine and its all his own doing. He has been trapped and he should have listened.

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