A young member to lead SPDP think tank?

SPDP think tank not in full gear

KUCHING: The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party’s (SPDP) think tank has yet to run in full gear.

The think tank, aimed to allow younger members to play a bigger role within the party and society, has not taken off although the party has been toying with the idea for some time.

SPDP president Dato Sri William Mawan Ikom said recently that no candidate had been found to commit 100 percent to running the think tank and who was also strong enough to bring members together.

He described the think tank as a ‘high powered’ group that could organise bigger forums for thousands to participate in.

Mawan, who is Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, said with the think tank in place, members would be able to contribute and exchange ideas or just speak their mind.

“Our party wants all to have a sense of belonging. There are many forums and proper channels from which party members can contribute positively towards the party as well as society,” he said when contacted.

He added: “The party needs to inject fresh ideas. The younger members need to contribute and participate in party growth. SPDP needs to re-consolidate from time to time. One of the avenues which members can contribute in is through the think tank because it encompasses economic, social and educational aspects.”

Mawan said he visualised a group of people who could lead and provide a 100 per cent commitment to the party think tank, but did not name possible leaders.

He said the group would play an advisory role, update the supreme council and report to the president.

It could be set up by the supreme council on an ad hoc basis, he said, without the need to follow the constitution simply because there was no provision on such a group.

However, whoever ran it must come up with a mechanism and body structure, he said, adding that it would be important for key members to be neutral and impartial.

Recently, SPDP has been troubled by the ‘misadventure’ of five supreme council members known in the media as the ‘SPDP Five’.

Led by senior vice-president Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, who is Assistant Minister of Environment, the group protested the party’s last minor reshuffle, which saw vice-president Nelson Balang Rining getting the post of secretary-general.

Jamesjg.com thought that it was Sylvester Entrie that led the walk-out. Maybe Datuk Peter Nansie led the protest group and Sylvester Entrie led the walk-out.

Nelson, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, replaced Assistant Minister of Water Supply, Sylvester Entrie Muran, who was promoted to vice-president.

Mawan said that all of its eight representatives would be re-nominated by the party to defend their seats for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next state election unless Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud decided otherwise.

Apart from Mawan (Pakan), Nansian (Tasik Biru), Entri (Marudi), the others are Datuk Peter Nyarok Entrie (Krian), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu), Paulus Palu Ngumbang (Batu Danau) and Wong Judat (Meluan). Nyarok is also SPDP deputy president as well as Assistant Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture.

SPDP plans to organise a BN Solidarity Dinner here next month as part if its efforts to consolidate and to enhance its relationship with other BN component parties.

Source: The Borneo Post, 10th April 2010.

Updated: 12 April 2010

Ever since this news was published on the Borneo Post, a few names has reached my ears. Audie has his prediction and we will let the President to have the honor to announce the name officially.

His guess may be as good as mine! Cheers..

From SarawakUpdate.com

A senior academician at local varsity were among the names that have been identified by Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) to be in the party high powered think tank. More here.

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Punching below the belt

Mawan: I have no problem with Nansian’s initiative

File pix: 9th Nov, 2009. Kg. Lusut, Miri

KUCHING: The President of SPDP has commented on the effort of “the disgrunted five” to speed up the merger as “good”, but he advised that it should have been done in accordance with the regulations and “order of things” within the party.

“It is a good initiative, a good effort, but I hope they can bring it up to the Supreme Council meeting on Feb 28, and report on any progress that they might have made,” Mawan told the reporters at Wisma Bapa Malaysia after the State Cabinet meeting yesterday.

SPDP Senior Vice-President, Datuk Peter Nansian, had recently told a press conference in Kuching that he saw no reason why the proposed merger between SPDP and PRS, which was mooted some five years ago, should be delayed. Also present at that press conference were Vice-Presidents Sylvester Entri (Marudi Assemblyman) and Datuk Tiki Lafe (Mas Gading MP), Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau Assemblyman), Rosey bte Haji Yunus (Bekenu Assemblywoman), Cr Eda Igar, and Supreme Council members George Garai and Peter Gani. Wong Judat (Meluan Assemblyman), another committee member, was not present.

Mawan also stressed that being an open-minded person, during the coming Supreme Council meeting, he would discuss what had since transpired with the so-called ‘group of five’ pushing for immediate merger with Party Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

“I guess that is just to regularize certain things.  I think we have to follow the order of things because we have the committee (the merger committee headed by Datuk Peter Nyalok).  I have always been for the merger.  If you read my statement last December, I was talking about it.  And I am also grateful to PRS for their sudden explosion of interest of the whole thing,” said Mawan.

He described the merger effort of the five as “individual effort” and clearly stated that he would not “condemn this sort of thing”.

“You met something, you stumble upon something, later on you report and we can share the glory and the success of it, what is wrong with that?  I don’t want to see ghosts behind every shadow.  They are my friends and my YBs (chosen representatives).  Whatever feeling they might have had, whatever perception or interpretation that people might have had, I don’t see it that way,” Mawan pointed out.

However, he warned that as they were all highly charged individuals and politicians, they should be careful to avoid making statements such as to imply that “he (Mawan) was being controlled by someone”. He termed such statements as “punching below the belt”.

Source: Eastern Times

Can the five SPDP YBs make it back to Kuching from Kapit on Sunday, in time to report the recent merger (individual) initiatives, during the SPDP Supreme Council meeting?