Mas Gading candidate to be announced soon, says SPDP president

KUCHING: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Tan Sri William Mawan said the party will announce its Mas Gading candidate for Barisan Nasional (BN) to consider, very soon.

The Senior Minister made the announcement yesterday when told that there was anxiety on the ground in Bau over the matter following the sacking of incumbent MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe from the party.

“The party will announce the candidate very, very soon,” he said when met yesterday.

At two previous dinners in Bau near here, which Mawan graced and was invited to as special guest, he hinted that the Bau community was not short of credible and smart people to lead them. He had also said that the party would move around to assess six to seven potential candidates, stressing that first and foremost Mas Gading was a BN stronghold.

At the Bung Bratak Heritage Association anniversary dinner last month, it was said that several of the potential candidates were present and they were seated together with Mawan and the association’s chairman Datuk Peter Minos.

They were Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) president Datu Ik Pahon Joyik who is also a permanent secretary to Tourism Ministry, Zecon general manager Rayan Narong and Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority deputy general manager Anthony Nogeh as well as prominent entrepreneur Henry Harry Jinep.

Following the dinners, several people called on PBB deputy information chief Minos to contest as a direct BN candidate instead. To this Minos said he was recuperating from an operation and that he would be glad if the eventual candidate came from SPDP.

Source: The Borneo Post

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