SPDP Piasau Youth chief barking up the wrong tree

MIRI: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) Beluru branch yesterday slammed SPDP Piasau Youth chief James Joshua for barking up the wrong tree over issues raised by 47 longhouse chiefs and councillors on Sunday.

Branch chairman and longhouse chief (Tuai Rumah) Steward Kayong rubbished James’ sarcastic remark – that the group was bragging about their assemblyman Datuk Sylvester Entri’s big majority win in the last state election was not due to his popularity but to BN ticket.

The branch said the group in Beluru meeting on Sunday expressed their displeasure over the statement of being treated as second class citizen and being asked to show cause letter over their absence at the controversial function in Ulu Teru by SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan on Oct 2.

“If that is the case, how does James, who is a registered voter in Krian, explain the loss of deputy president Datuk Peter Nyarok in the constituency despite standing on a BN ticket? Also, what about other losses?,” Steward asked.

His view was supported by branch secretary Nelson Nulai who said the Piasau Youth chief has missed the mark in talking about what was happening in Marudi constituency.

They said that there was no mention of anyone threatening to go against the BN in the next election as alleged by James, but lamented that the disunity arising could erode BN’s support in the stronghold.

Entri won with the biggest majority among all the SPPD candidates in the last state election, but James played it down. He said that Entri’s loyalist should remember that the majority of voters in Marudi supported BN, and challenged them to ask their assemblyman to stand on an Independent ticket in the next state election.

“Being a BN candidate is not a guarantee of winning in an election but a good track record of being on the ground and addressing needs and issues faced by the electorate are,” said Steward.

Steward and Nelson said James should stop meddling in Marudi, as the longhouse chiefs, councillors and BN supporters there had been trying hard to maintain the strength (of BN) and not weaken it as painted.

James has also accused Entri’s loyalists of continued verbal attack on Mawan as affirming suspicion that Entri masterminded a plan to topple the president.

He claimed that Mawan was trying to ‘protect’ Entri from being expelled from the party by not washing dirty linen in public since the plot was uncovered two years ago, and even promoted him to vice-president.

He was also quoted as saying that apparently Entri was not grateful and preferred to go against the former by insisting that Mawan had reneged on his promise to reinstate him as secretary-general.

Since then, Entri and four other representatives have been regarded as the Group of 5 in the aftermath of the last triennial delegates conference, but four of them – Paulus Palu Gumbang, Rosey Yunus, Datuk Peter Nansian and Entri- went on to score convincing victory in the last state election.

The war erupted when Mawan, in Sibu to celebrate the conferment of his ‘Tan Sri’ title, said that he would exercise his presidential power to act against those who went against the party. This was taken as a threat by the group.

The visit by a big entourage led by Mawan to Ulu Teru on Oct 23 was marred by controversy and verbal barbs were traded between both sides.

The writer/editor of the above news has been fair to have include extract of my Monday’s statement. JAMESJG.COM is in the opinion that the loyal supporters of Datuk Slyvester Entrie is in denial mode, hence there is not much new thing in the press statement yesterday. No respond from me. Cheers!

The party grassroots need clean water not politics

Two politicians were asked to visit all the constituencies and seek the views of the grassroots supporters on the proposed merger of the two Dayak parties in Sarawak. Well, if these politicians asked their branch leaders, of course, we know the answer.

However, a random quick phone call among the real grassroots revealed that they are angry (and disappointed) with this politicians who seem to be more interested in politicking then to service the rakyat. What the grassroots really want is for them to deliver the long overdue roads, water (and now Northern Sarawak is facing water shortage) and electricity. That should be their TOP PRIORITY and not to fight for positions in the party. What is the use of those positions if the YBs can’t serve the rakyat?

One voter in Bakong said, “Ka ke nama iya penudok ba parti nya? Deh jalai (referring to the Beluru-Lapok Road) ke lungau nya enda ulih diputar ke iya. Ai beresi (referring to a few water supply research carried out in Bakong a few years back) enda ulih diaduka.. engka ke baya iya mati penudok parti nya ila!

Now that is the real grassroots view – take it, they are not interested and couldn’t be bother about all this merger exercise when the needs of the rakyat are not being looked into.

Another voter from Ulu Teru added, “..orang berebut ke pemansang, sida berebut ke ka nyadi Secretary General. Cukup.. cukuppp pengawa tak nyelai ari enggi urang bukai. Kati ke tau nyadi pengari rakyat enti bakanya?

We will not reveal this voters’ name but there is no need to go all around Sarawak to find out if the grassroots are really into merging. Just deliver the RM3.4 billion larrrr YB YB YB yang dikasihi sekalian. That is your real task and targets for the rakyat.

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