The five Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) elected representatives or so-called “SPDP Five” who are being referred to the party’s disciplinary committee, today said they had lost faith and confidence in SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan to resolve the current conflict in the party.
The five are vice-president Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe (Mas Gading member of parliament), senior vice-president Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie (assemblyman for Tasik Biru), vice-president Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran (Marudi), and supreme council members Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau).
“The last straw on the camel’s back that forced us to make this decision is that if the president seriously wants to resolve the internal conflict, a reconciliation or unity committee should have been formed rather than for the disciplinary committee to take action against us.
“We feel this is very unfair and done solely to chop us off,” Nansian told a news conference, here.
Except for Dr Tiki, who had to attend another function in Bau as the National Service Training Council chairman, Entri, who is also State Assistant Minister of Public Utilities, Rosey, who is Assistant Minister of Early Childhood Education and Family Development, and Paulus were present.
Pending the disciplinary commitee’s findings, the five are expected to be sacked from the party for failing to attend supreme council meetings over the last two years after storming out of a supreme council meeting following major disagreements with the party on Jan 23, 2010.
However, Nansian said, the group, who were labelled as the “Rebels Five” and “Group of Five” had extended their hands in reconciliation and agreed to work together to maintain stability and make the party stronger, but Mawan had yet to implement them accordingly.
“We are still looking for the best solution in the best possible manner but the time frame to resolve the conflict does not matter,” he said, adding that they had yet to consult the Barisan Nasional (BN) state or federal leadership on it.
He said there would be no problem in the party today, including the defeat of two seats in the state election in April this year, had Mawan kept to the line-up status quo in the last party election in 2009, which should only have been changed upon new consensus.
He questioned Mawan’s decision to change a few appointed posts, including that of the secretary-general, which was held then by Entri and replaced with Nelson Balang Rining, the Ba’Kelalan incumbent, who was not renominated in the state election.
His replacement, Willie Liau, lost the seat.
Nansian also questioned if SPDP deputy president Datuk Peter Nyarok’s defeat in Krian in the last state election was by default or design.
He said they (the five) had no personal grudges against the party president or anyone in SPDP, but only disagreed with the management of the party which could undermine BN’s strength and its ability to serve the people well. — BERNAMA