DAP’s Dayak candidates just for window dressing — Mawan

Source: The Borneo Post
February 6, 2012

SIBU: DAP will not go far despite putting more Dayak candidates for the coming general election as this is part of their multi-racial window dressing.

SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan said the opposition party’s move to pluck candidates from here and there to serve their purpose would not make inroads into the rural areas, a stronghold of Barisan Nasional.

“Well, this is a very clear case of them trying to go rural. But to me, putting up candidates is one thing; there must also be true multi-racial struggle, composition and leadership.The opposition should not just pick ‘bits’ and ‘pieces’ here and there to serve their purpose. It is understandable that they would put a few Dayak candidates in Dayak areas.

“But I would say these candidates are being used to penetrate (into rural areas). And I don’t think they (DAP) will go far as this is only a multi-racial dressing.

“I hope the people will realise their motive – it is just a matter of trying to use Dayak candidates to go into Dayak areas,” said Mawan, who is also the Minister of Social Development when asked if DAP would make any impact in rural areas this coming general election with half of their candidates coming from the Dayak community.

Last Friday, the Peninsula-based opposition party was reported by the media to be eyeing at least 12 out of the 31 Sarawak parliamentary seats during the polls.

Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen reportedly said the party created a historic move by getting half of their candidates from the Dayak community.

Tight lipped about their potential Dayak candidates, Chong claimed that they wanted to expand the party beyond the urban areas.

To this, Mawan said: “If they are just putting them up like window dressing, they will not be able to create much impact.”

Meanwhile, asked about Dominic Daon and 60 others from Singai crossing over to DAP, as reported by an English daily Mawan said politics was very fluid at all levels.

“Political forces are orbiting around, seeking alliances, and wherever it fits them, they merge. Initially, they seemed to be with Nansian but after that…they left and merged with others.

“Whether it is a marriage of convenience or for political reasons that I wouldn’t know. But that being the nature of politics . . . it is always the art of possible,” he noted.

Asked if SPDP could win all their parliamentary seats this coming general election, he said they were confident about it and had since shifted into fifth gear.

He, however, stressed that the BN coalition, comprising 14 component parties needed to work closer, putting BN’s interest as supreme.

“If that is the case, we can all win and SPDP candidates can win – that is definite,” he added.

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