Source: The Borneo Post Feb 2 2012 (Thursday)
By Churchill Edward
KUCHING: State Democratic Action Party (DAP) special assistant to Bandar Kuching MP, Mordi Bimol, was totally off the mark when he stated that Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party’s (SPDP) Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom’s presidency is just decorative lacking power in the Barisan Nasional (BN).
SPDP Youth chief Robert Ayu said this when commenting on Mordi’s recent take on Mawan.
Mordi is said to be the DAP hopeful to contest in Mas Gading come next parliamentary election but thus far the loose state opposition fold Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has yet to confirm this speculation.
When contacted yesterday Robert pointed out that Mordi’s comment was calculated to put a wedge between Mawan and State BN chairman Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and / or between Taib and federal BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the BN is experiencing a process where few leaders are clamouring for positions in the BN because BN is a winnable coalition.
Robert was referring to the sacked office bearers of SPDP in Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe, Datuk Sylvester Entrie Muran, Rosey Yunus and Paulus Palu Gumbang who professed to be supporting BN using a proposed vehicle, the BN clubs.
“They are hanging on to BN because BN is winnable coalition otherwise they would have joined the DAP. Why are they not joining DAP?,” he said.
“Mordi’s comment was aimed at ridiculing the president but ignoring the fact that SPDP is now building foundation for young leaders and budding politicians,” said Robert when explaining the effect of the vacancies left behind by the sacked office bearers.
Mawan, being SPDP president has influence in BN, he said.
“The president is very much in control (of the party) and he too has influence in BN. We have four parliamentary seats in which two incumbent MPs are deputy ministers while one, chairman of the BN Backbenchers Club,” he said explaining that SPDP elected representatives has the greatest of chance to be given government official posts because of Mawan’s influence.
Mawan is State Senior Minister and Social Development Minister while former SPDP office bearer Dr Tiki was also former deputy minister for two terms, Robert stressed.
Among the four seats is Mas Gading which may see a new BN face come parliamentary polls. Saratok is now being held by vice president Jelaing Mersat while Baram (senior vice president Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan) and Bintulu (treasurer-general Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing).
Robert said Mordi was again wrong when he said Mawan could not solve the recent party leadership crisis.
There were various factors which Mawan had to consider, and the party has regarded the crisis duly.