SPDP grassroots want an aggressive Mawan

Photo by The Borneo Post
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Ministry’s process of selecting local councillors draws ire from SPDP supporters

by stephen then
Source: The Star online

MIRI: There is a simmering discontent among certain sections of Barisan Nasional component party supporters in many districts over the latest appointment of councillors.

Almost all of the proposed candidates from SPDP and even SUPP were rejected by the Local Government and Community Development Ministry, causing unhappiness among the grassroots.

Party loyalists felt that they were getting a raw deal from the state government and from minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, inside sources revealed to The Star.

SUPP leaders are keeping their feelings in check, and are not venting their frustrations openly because of the more serious deregistration predicament that the party is facing with the Registrar of Societies.

However, SPDP leaders are not holding back their punches, with SPDP deputy president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing openly attacking Wong for the way his ministry had gone about the selection process.

The Star called up Marudi SPDP chief Alexander Asing (pic), and he claimed that there were many frustrated supporters all over Sarawak, not just in Marudi.

“Yes, they are angry. They have a right to be angry. All of the candidates for councillors proposed by SPDP were rejected outright by the ministry.

“The grassroots are questioning why SPDP is getting such a raw deal.

“What happened is an insult to those who have been loyal and faithful to Barisan all these years,” he said.

Asing said all the councillor posts had gone to those who were proposed by the Group of Five (G5), the four assemblyman and one MP sacked by SPDP two years ago.

“These G5 wakil rakyat are no longer with Barisan. They have been sacked and yet their candidates ended up as councillors.

“The quota of councillors allotted to SPDP had been hijacked by G5.

“In those constituencies where G5 is based, SPDP got zero councillors this time around,” he said.

“SPDP grassroots feel insulted that minister Wong had said that incumbent assemblymen and MPs were given priority, to propose their candidates for the posts.

“If that is the real case, then those incumbent assemblymen and MPs from the Opposition should also be given priority to propose their candidates.

“What minister Wong said does not hold water and the rakyat know this. The appointment of the councillors this time around smacks of political manoeuvring,” said Asing.

SPDP grassroots were also questioning why party president Tan Sri William Mawan had been ‘soft’ in this issue.

Asing said they wanted to see Mawan more aggressive when it came to fighting for the interests of the party.

Tiong reiterates his disappointment

Date Posted : Tuesday 04-Feb-2014


tksBINTULU: Member of Parliament for Bintulu Dato’ Seri Tiong King Sing has expressed his disappointment that his earlier opinions on the appointment of local councillors and community leaders were merely treated as an allegation by the minister concerned.

Yesterday, he reiterated his earlier press statement at the Miri BN fellowship night organised by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) was to voice out numerous views over the appointment.

He said certain leaders had failed to heed the long neglected grouses and still losing their sensitivity even after losing most the Chinese majority seats in state and general elections.

He said the state BN component parties were allocated quota to nominate their candidacies for such councillor and community leader posts through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, but yet such posts were retained by non-BN component assemblymen, like in the constituencies held by former SPDP assemblymen.

Tiong regretted that minister concerned had instead pushed such responsibility to the Chief Minister, State Cabinet and SPDP president.

“We cannot tolerate our party president being the scapegoat for the matter,” he said, adding that the other state leaders had been indirectly blamed because one of them failed to fulfil his conferred duties in fair and justice manner.

“Please bear in mind that if one tries to create all sorts of problem in other house, he must not regret or be angry if others do the same thing to him the next time around,” he stressed.

Tiong said the issues of appointment of councillors and community leaders had long been an underground issue,??he challenged the ministry concerned to carry out public census on how people in Sibu felt over the appointment of the deputy chairman of Sibu Municipal Council.

“To voice out these people’s opinion, I am not fighting for my own political mileage, nor do I have any interest to be appointed as community leaders or a councillor,” he said, adding that most of the eligible and recommended candidates from Bintulu constituency were not appointed.

He said this phenomenon had been prolonged for the past six to seven years, and inquired what had happened to the quota for the appointees recommended by the state BN component.

Sarawak BN warns of fallout from Najib’s stand on use of Allah

January 26, 2014
: The Malaysian Insider

Sarawak People's Democratic Party Youth wing leader James Guang said most Christians in Sarawak would not support Barisan Nasional if state election were held today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 26, 2014.
Sarawak People’s Democratic Party Youth wing leader James Guang said most Christians in Sarawak would not support Barisan Nasional if state election were held today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 26, 2014.

The prime minister may have sounded the death knell for Barisan Nasional (BN) in Sarawak with his stand on the Allah controversy and the 10-point solution, warned a component party in the ruling coalition.

Charging that Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s “spineless” stand on the 10-point solution had rendered it worthless, Sarawak People’s Democratic Party (SPDP) Youth wing leader James Guang said the BN would lose the state election if it were held today.

“Christians in Sarawak will teach Najib a lesson,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

“I think most people in Sarawak that I know, or those around me, just want the state election to be conducted as soon as possible.

“They just can’t wait to teach the BN, and in particular Najib, a lesson,” Guang added.

The prime minister had said on Friday that while the 10-point solution allowing for the use of “Allah” in Bibles is valid for Sabah and Sarawak, its use in any other state would depend on the state’s respective religious enactments, like that of Selangor.

The Selangor Islamic Religious Department had raided The Bible Society of Malaysia’s premises in Petaling Jaya on January 2 and seized over 300 Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia and Iban with the word Allah, an action that broke several agreements in the 10-point solution.

Guang pointed out that the 10-point solution – which was thrashed out in 2011 just before the state election – allowed Christians in Sabah and Sarawak to use the word Allah unhindered in their prayers as well as to use Bibles containing the word.

The Sarawak BN won the state election that year and kept its two-thirds majority in the state assembly, even though it lost more seats to the opposition Pakatan Rakyat.

“He’s a politician. Politicians will only know if they are worthy once they get the election result,” Guang said.

He added that in Miri, where he lives, support for the opposition has increased due to Umno’s role in the Allah issue and the prime minister’s silence and failure to address the issue.

“The opposition has forged ahead. The BN will definitely lose (if the election is held today),” he said.

“I’ve not seen people react like this before, but it sure would be an interesting election.

“I bet the Dayak majority seats will go, like the Chinese seats in the last general election.”

The Sarawak state election is not due until 2016.

To illustrate Najib’s dwindling popularity among Sarawakians, Guang drew a comparison between the attendance of the ordination of Richard Ng as the Catholic Church’s new bishop for Miri yesterday and the prime minister’s many visits to Miri over the years.

“He (Najib) never had so many people attending his function like what Ng had.”

Guang estimated more than 5,000 Catholics packed the Miri indoor stadium to witness the ordination.

Among them were former Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Tan Sri Peter Chin and Sarawak Assistant Minister for Communication Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Lee is also the assemblyman for Senadin in Miri.

“No Najib function matched that, even with free meals thrown in,” said Guang.

A Sarawakian working for a non-governmental organisation in Selangor, Philip Tero, dismissed the 10-point solution as “a tool only for political survival”.

“It was dead when it was signed. There is no real long-term essence to it at the rate events are going.”

Meanwhile, Sabah Council of Churches president Bishop Datuk Dr Thomas Tsen said the prime minister’s announcement on the “variation” to the 10-point solution was confusing him.

“It is confusing to me. To what I understand, the 10-point solution when it was announced (in 2011) has no restrictions for Christians from Sarawak and Sabah anywhere in the country.” – January 26, 2014.

Note to readers: This is my personal observation and views and it does not represent those of my party.