PETALING JAYA: Several Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) leaders are unhappy that party treasurer-general Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing is gunning for the deputy president’s post.
A supreme council member, who wished to remain anonymous, told news portal www.malaysianmirror.com that several supreme council members did not want Tiong as deputy because he had been a “stumbling block for Dayak unity through the proposed merger between SPDP and Parti Rakyat Sarawak”.
The merger talks were initiated five years ago but nothing concrete has come out of the proposal. Tiong has been known to be not in favour of the merger.
Secondly, they see Tiong and his company Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd, that is now embroiled in the PKFZ fiasco, as liabilities to the party.
“It is in this light that we oppose Tiong taking over as deputy president of the party and we will oppose by challenging him,” said a SPDP leader.
The portal also reported that president William Mawan may not get to see his preferred line-up in the party elections in December.
The Bintulu MP, who is also the party’s Youth leader, would be going against incumbent Peter Nyarok, an assistant in the Sarawak state Cabinet.
However, Nyarok has kept mum on whether to defend the deputy president’s post while Mawan was not aware of his number two’s intentions.
Yet, Nyarok’s silence has fuelled speculation that he was ready to make way for Tiong to contest the post.
The Malaysian Mirror has learnt that a majority of SPDP’s supreme council members would challenge Tiong should he choose to contest the number two post.
Vice-president and Mas Gading MP Dr Tiki Lafe indicated that the party had discussed a change of leadership.
“There is a likelihood that even the top posts will be challenged, including the vice-president’s post. We are talking now of a Plan B and a new line-up,” he said.
Source: The Star