SPDP Youth wants sacked five to quit government posts

SPDP Youth Chief, Cr. Robert Ayu

BINTULU: During the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) Youth Triennial General Assembly yesterday several resolutions were brought up.

Notably, it wanted the sacked elected representatives to immediately resign from their positions in the government for not being members of the party.

In addition, it insisted that party members should then fill these vacated positions.

In a show of unity the assembly pledged full support for the party president to continue leading the party.

It also urged the party leaders to identify potential candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary election as soon as possible and to defend their choice of candidates at all costs.

Another resolution was to review the current Youth’s representation in local councils and government-linked companies (GLC) and to request for additional posts for the Youth wing.

Robert Ayu remains the Youth chief while his deputy is Michael Sim Bean Huat; senior vice-chairman 1 is Johnny Baling Talek; senior vice-chairman II – Lau Euo Chung; vice-chairman 1 – Johnny Ling Sing She; vice-chairman 2 – Peter Lau Pern Chen; vice-chairman 3 – Barin Medan; vice-chairman 4 – Felix Tan and vice-chairman 5 – Wilson Lau Hee Huat.

Secretary is Khairuddin Abdul Kadir; assistant secretary – Romulus Charles Agan; treasurer – Zubrisky Bansang Mawan; assistant treasurer – Lau Lik Sing; information chief – James Joshua Guang.

The nine committee members are Danny Mason; Cr Robert Tugang; James Jimbun; Brian Langit; Surash Kanagaretanan; Percy Mujan Beriak; David Yeo Ang Lim; Robin Edward Mugang and Menden Dawit.

SPDP Women’s Wing chief Chiew Yen Chew retains her post; deputy chief is Theresa Udam; senior vice-chief – Dius Kusam; vice-chief 1 – Janet Lee Chai Fong; vice-chief II – Kijan Toynbee; vice-chief III – Lancia Tasing; vice-chief IV – Helen Kasing.

Olivia Chan Wie Ching is the secretary; assistant secretary – Florence Christy; treasurer – Rhoda Ting Tung Hua; assistant treasurer – Elizabeth Ting Leh Ging; information chief – Hilda Mesen Mayor.

Committee members are Misnah Ashak; Cr Lim Goon Tee; Alyik Manding; Lucy Ling Siew Lam; Stefanine Evelyn Inte Bubong; Wendy Terang; Yong King Sieng; Florence Brown; Dhoroty Suut and Ester Joseph Usan.

SPDP Youth a transformation agent — Robert

BINTULU: The Youth wing of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) will be a transformation agent to ensure greater success for the party.

Its Youth chief Robert Ayu when speaking at the opening of SPDP Youth wing Triennial General Assembly yesterday said transformation is a must.

“We need to change. It’s a normal phenomenon. We must change for the better, be brave! If not, members will lost interest in the party. We are going to be left out and our party will become obsolete,” he said.

He pointed out that they have set up a committee to carry out transformation plan especially to attract young members.

Robert said the committee have started working on the ground by sharing information and explaining the vision and mission of the party among the members at grassroots level.

“We need effective monitoring system to evaluate the success of the plan so that it can produce practical results to create a positive impact for this transformation plan and also the success of National Key Result Area,” said Robert.

According to him the government has implemented its transformation and reformation programmes and it shows that the federal government have a strong will to change from its old mentality.

“Of course transformation takes time and we urge the implementation to be carried out in a transparent manner to speed up the process,” he said.

He said the abolishment of the Internal Security Act and review of the Universities and University Colleges Act (AUKU) should be speeded up in order to give freedom of speech to media and more freedom to students.

The SPDP Youth he said has also suggested the use local knowledge, history and old settlement sites as one of the ways to carry out an effective perimeter survey for Native Customary Rights land and not just based on aerial photograph of 1958.

Robert added the SPDP Youth has actually achieved many successes in the past two years but due to the crisis all has been submerged.

“This is our mistake and I don’t want to point finger to anyone. We should not take this for granted. We need to improve, to strengthen the party and win back the seats that we have lost,” he added.

He disclosed based on a laboratory research by the BN Youth wing, the result of the past election involves 40 per cent of young voters.

Some 35 per cent choose based on party, 34 per cent based on candidates and another 27 per cent choose based on the federal leaders.

Meanwhile, 62 per cent of young voters were fence sitters, said Robert thus he assured that more briefings will be given to this group especially on government development policies.

He also proposed that young talented members of SPDP be given an opportunity in higher post of party’s administration or even as candidate for election.

Our door still open — Mawan

Tan Sri William Mawan attending to the reporters at SPDP HQ yesterday. Photo by Borneo Post

Source: Borneo Post, 11th March 2012

KUCHING: The door is still open for the five former SPDP elected representatives to rejoin the party provided they are still interested in working towards reconciliation.

SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan yesterday said he won’t rule out the possibility of reconciliation for the sake of political progress.

“We (SPDP) are very moderate and reasonable. Reconciliation is not impossible as long as they are working towards it, and not away from it. SPDP is always open for reconciliation as it is always possible in politics.

“If they feel that they want to rejoin the party, then reapply,” said Mawan, who is also Social Development Minister, when met after chairing the party’s supreme council meeting at its headquarters in Jalan Badruddin here.

He was responding to Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s comment on Friday who said that he still believed “it is not impossible” for the five sacked elected representatives to reconcile with the party.

Taib, who is also state BN chairman, added that the group should be given time to find a way to reconcile, and that SPDP had much to lose and not in a good position without five of its elected representatives.

Agreeing that reconciliation would be a long process, Mawan said that the party could not make any shortcuts in resolving the issue as everybody’s feelings must be taken into account.

“We can be halfway or 80 per cent there (for the reconciliation), but the party is, however, guided by its constitution on this matter.”

When asked if both camps had agreed to initiate a meeting prior to the chief minister’s statement, he said SPDP had always been trying to initiate a meeting even before the party agreed to meet their request to quit the party.

He said the party needed to find out the sentiments from the opposite camp (Group of Five) as they were the ones who quit and declared a no-confidence in the party leaders.

Reminding that the five still have the responsibility of serving their constituencies and the BN, Mawan stressed the importance for all parties to work towards the reconciliation without continuing to attack each other.

When asked to comment on rumours that the group could be forming a new party called Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras), which would be registered before the 13th general election, he said SPDP would not object to the formation of the new party, but would object to it joining the BN.

“It has to be through a consensus, but SPDP’s answer will be a very big no.”

The new party is said to be the brainchild of Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru assemblyman), Assistant Public Utilities (Water Supply) Minister Datuk Sylvester Entri (Marudi assemblyman), Assistant Minister of Early Childhood Education and Family Development Rosey Yunus (Bekenu assemblywoman), Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe and Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang.