Posted at the Borneo Post, 25th January 2012
KUCHING: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) will intensify its activities in Krian and Ba Kelalan in the months to come to reconsolidate party members and also help Barisan Nasional (BN) to strengthen the local bases. The party has in fact held many activities at the two state constituencies but not enough to attract the attention of the media, its deputy secretary-general Paul Igai texted via SMS yesterday.
BN-SPDP lost the two seats to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the last state election “due to some political confusion and manouevering several months prior to the April 16 state poll.
“But just because there was no intense media coverage in Ba Kelalan and Krian, that does not mean the party is not canvassing any support for the BN there,” said Paul, who is also a political secretary to the Chief Minister when rubbishing claims made by several independent assemblypersons that the party was overlooking the two areas.
Apart from Krian and Ba Kelalan, other state seats allocated to SPDP are Marudi, Tasik Biru, Meluan, Pakan, Bekenu and Batu Danau while its parliamentary seats are Bintulu, Baram, Mas Gading and Saratok.
The four parliamentary seats will see a lot of political activities in the next few months prior to the general election.
“We have many activities in Saratok and Krian. Activities have also been planned for Ba Kelalan.
“There seems to be a lot of activities in Mas Gading and Baram of late because of intense media coverage there. But there are no less party activities in Saratok and Bintulu.”
On another matter, Paul described last Saturday political gathering in Bau by former members of the party as a gathering of five independent assemblypersons apparently supporting the BN.
“Since they are now ex-SPDP members, we wish them all the best,” he said.
He said the party’s main focus now was to hold the next triennial general meeting (TGM) in Bintulu in March.
He said the party would also need to assess a new candidate in Mas Gading because the incumbent MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe (also former SPDP vice-president) was no more a party member.
Much repair work would be required in Baram too.
Paul said: “Baram needs reconsolidation of BN members to lessen the impact of the sacking of its former vice-president Datuk Sylvester Entri (also Marudi assemblyman) from the party last November.”
Paul now functions as publicity and information chief following the membership termination of its former information chief Paulus Palu Gumbang (also Batu Danau assemblyman).