Mawan: Do your homework before opening your mouth

Source: Borneo Post, 6th March 2012
By Churchill Edward

KUCHING: SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom yesterday advised former party office bearer Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran to be “logical” when issuing statements concerning the party and his status.

Mawan, who is also Social Development Minister, also advised Entri, who is also Assistant Minister of Water Supply and Marudi assemblyman, to check his facts first before speaking, otherwise people would accuse him of lying.

He said this in response to Entri’s statement in a national paper that SPDP is ‘piggy riding’ on the Barisan Nasional (BN).

Mawan said it was not logical to accuse SPDP of piggy riding on the BN when the party is a component of the BN.

“That (Entri’s accusation) is utter rubbish. How can we (SPDP) piggy ride on the BN? We (SPDP) are (part of) the BN.”

Suggesting that Entri is confused, Mawan said he neither said Entri and his political partners were piggy riding on the BN, nor did he instruct SPDP divisions to pass resolutions stating that they (Entri’s partyless group) should be stripped off their ministerial and government-linked companies (GLC) posts.

He pointed out that these posts were the prerogative of the state or Chief Minister, and only top BN leaders, including himself, should address issues surrounding them.

Apart from Entri, Mawan was referring to partyless Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe and assemblypersons Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie (Tasik Biru), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Paulu Gumbang (Batu Danau). They were all sacked from SPDP recently.

Recently, SPDP divisions in Muara Tuang, Meradong, Piasau and Pelagus publicly announced that they had issued such a resolution during their respective triennial general meetings (TGM), which was held pursuant to the party’s March 18 triennial general assembly (TGA) in Bintulu.

Although SPDP Batu Lintang did not have such a resolution during their TGM, they later declared their support for SPDP Muara Tuang’s move.

SPDP Meradong had also stated that they would not be surprised if other divisions throughout Sarawak subsequently resolved that the partyless five elected representatives be stripped off their ministerial and GLC posts.

Mawan said even though the divisions were entitled to their own opinions, he urged them to be patient and calm.

He said only if the partyless five elected representatives continue with their negative politicking in the pretext of serving the people then it would be inevitable for SPDP to discuss their ministerial and GLC posts, or even resolve on the matter during its TGA in Bintulu.

Mawan said since he is a BN leader, he understood that the five still have their responsibilities and obligations to serve their constituents.

“In fact, they can serve all they want without the need for the so-called platform which they themselves termed as BN Club.

“If they have to serve the people, then serve. It is the negative politicking that the party is against. For instance, colluding with community leaders to go against SPDP and its leaders (is negative politicking). If this is allowed to continue, this will affect BN’s solidarity, and more so when the next general election is just around the corner.”

Mawan said SPDP was moving forward and was now recruiting more members from the younger generation through various special programmes because it’s philosophy rests on catering to the needs of future leaders.

“The future and strength of SPDP depends very much on young leaders.”

Formation of BN Club set a bad precedent for the ruling coalition

Source: The Borneo Post Feb 2 2012 (Thursday)

KUCHING: A political analyst yesterday said formation of Barisan Nasional (BN) clubs to accommodate disgruntled members of respective components of BN will set a bad precedent for the ruling coalition.

Dr Jeniri Amir, a local university lecturer, feared that if the BN clubs are allowed to spawn, their prominence will slowly erode the relevance of BN political parties and also the power-sharing concept which the BN had been practising all this while.

When rubbishing claims by state independent incumbent Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie (Tasik Biru) and Datuk Sylvester Entrie Muran (Marudi) that he is only an armchair critic and agent of interested parties, Jeniri said his recent comment on the matter was a responsible one based on academic assessment.

He said his statement on BN’s future and whether should clubs be allowed were based on his experience on the ground for over 30 years and also in his capacity as a political analyst for the last 10 years.

“If my comments and opinions were not worthy, then local and national media as well as international media would not have called me and sought for them (opinions). My opinions are without malice and I am not affiliated to any (political) party. The comments on BN’s future are fair,” he said.

Hitting at Nansian and Entrie that their credibility was also suspect, Jeniri said: “President Truman used to say, there are three truths – your truth, my truth and their truth.”

Nansian and Entrie has made unprecedented moves by forming BN clubs in their respective constituencies and they were also contemplating to get the Regsistrar of Societies (ROS) register them after they were sacked by BN component Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) for undermining party leadership and gross insubordination.

Recently a hardcore ground spokesman for SPDP Stewart Aying who is also SPDP Lambir chief, said the sacked members are trying to hang on to the BN for political survival and to secure the right to disburse BN minor rural project (MRP) fund and maintain their assistant ministerial posts.

Aying reasoned that the BN at the moment do not want to rock their own boat simply by announcing that these independent incumbents (in Mas Gading and Tasik Biru) are outside BN, explaining that if it (the BN) announce that they were outside the coalition, it would technically lose several representatives.

Apart from Nansian and Entrie, the other controversial elected respresentatives are Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe (Mas Gading MP) and state assemblypersons Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau).

Aying further said the BN still need them to support their policies during debates in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) and Parliament, when explaining why it (the BN) appeared to be supporting these independent representatives now.

He also pointed out that the crucial time for the BN is nomination day because this would be the time for the coalition to decide if they should stick to their BN principle or allowed candidates from clubs to contest in elections.

“I would say that, should Mas Gading or Tasik Biru BN clubs be approved by BN then nothing could then stop UMNO, MCA or MIC dissenting members to form clubs everytime they are unhappy with party leadership,” he said.

He added BN clubs would open the floodgates and set a bad precedent in the government fold and such approval would not augur well for BN’s future.

BN is a coalition of political parties and clubs would only set to make all 14 parties in BN irrelevant one day, he stressed.

“Even if these clubs later on sprang into action and turned BN into a single entity or party, there will be no more power-sharing concept which is being practiced by the fold now,” he added.

Sylvester Entri forms BN committee to serve the people of Marudi

MIRI, Dec 3 (Bernama) — A Barisan Nasional divisional committee and seven similar branch committees were formed in the Marudi state constituency to take over the role played by the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

Marudi State Assemblyman, Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran who was sacked from SPDP recently, said the formation of the committee would enable the Marudi constituents to be served under the Barisan Nasional (BN) banner.

“I don’t not want them (people) to feel undermined by (SPDP’s) decision to terminate me (as a member) after all the overwhelming support that they had given me since I became their ‘representative’, so that is why the BN committee was formed” he said after putting up a BN Service Centre signage to replace the SPDP in Beluru bazaar, about 90 kilometres from here Saturday.

He said the party members in Marudi had expressed their disappointment to him over SPDP’s decision to sack him and felt that their solid support all this years had been ignored.

SPDP, one of Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s component parties, announced through its president Tan Sri William Mawan that Sylvester Entri was sacked as a party member on the grounds of insubordination after a lengthy meeting by the party’s supreme council which met on Nov 25.

Sylvester Entri, who was one of the SPDP founder members, joined politics as a Sarawak National Party (SNAP) member in 1996 and stood as a BN candidate in Marudi where he was returned unopposed.

He went on to win the next three state elections with big majorities.

In last April’s state election, he secured a majority of 3,202 votes when beating three other candidates, namely Independent Micahel Ding Tuah, PKR’s Gerang Dagong and SNAP president, Edwin Dundang. — BERNAMA

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