Upcoming young SPDP leaders have four years to buildup their ability to be a People’s Representative

Sacking of SPDP 5 a blessing, says Mawan

By Churchill Edward, Borneo Post
18th January 2012

Tan Sri William Mawan

KUCHING: The void left by the five sacked elected representatives of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) is a blessing because it provides budding politicians opportunity to be selected as future Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates.

And on winning (elections) they would become a part of the next echelon of state leaders, said SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan yesterday.

He said those who ridiculed SPDP by calling it a mosquito party were not only sarcastic but they did not have the foresight that the party was in the process of producing state leaders, said Mawan who is BN vice-chairman and Minister of Social Development.

“New leaders will provide people with new hope, fresh promises and enthusiasm,” said Mawan who is also Pakan assemblyman.

The youth would benefit much from this latest development in the party, he added.

He said the five elected representatives, now party less (or pro-BN independents) could not take the seats with them because they were already allocated to SPDP.

He was commenting on his critics’ statement that the party was a mosquito party after it terminated the membership of five elected representatives. The latest critics are political observers apparently with opposition mindset and several Sarawak National Party (SNAP) leaders.

Mawan said the crisis in SPDP last year was different from the one experienced by SNAP in 2002.

In SPDP’s case, he said the crisis started when its former secretary-general Datuk Sylvester Entri wanted the post so badly that he eventually committed gross insubordination while SNAP’s case involved its alleged failure to exercise natural justice when handling a decision to suspend Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing until the Registrar of Societies (ROS) had to intervene.

“But we never bad-mouthed SNAP. We grew up with SNAP. When the party (SNAP) was in trouble, SPDP took over to keep the majority of its members intact with the BN,” he said in rubbishing SNAP’s belief that what SPDP had experienced was Karma.

He said the sacking of the five elected representatives namely Entri (Marudi), Datuk Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau) as well as Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe, was a “consequence rather than the cause”.

“Ninety per cent of the (sacking) job was done by the five ex-members. We (SPDP) never wanted to sack anybody. We had to terminate them because we could not continue to be at loggerhead with them.”

He said the party was now embarking on holding activities with the aim at rejuvenating itself and helping BN to reconsolidate members on the ground.

Asked if the number of elected representatives in SPDP was a priority, Mawan said: “As far as SPDP is concerned, one seat more or one seat less will not make me the Chief Minister or Deputy Chief Minister.”

“What is most important is that SPDP has been guided along BN principle,” he said.

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