By Churchill Edward
KUCHING: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), which sacked five of its elected representatives recently for gross insubordination, seems to be enjoying a new lease of life, if membership is used as a yardstick. Lately, many people have applied to join the party, which is a component of the state BN coalition.
Its women recruitment director Florince Christy said the party’s “important, crucial and respectable decisions” of late had been viewed by many as something positive, and the perception is that SPDP is a disciplined political party now.
She said with the party moving forward, rebranding, reinventing, and solidifying its support base, there should be no reason for the people to perceive it as irrelevant.
“SPDP is very relevant to society. Our party president has made some crucial and respectable decisions, and that is why he is getting the respect from the grassroots,” she said yesterday.
Florince said last week alone she handed over 204 new applications for membership to party president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom. The applications were from people in Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu.
“Response has been overwhelmingly positive. We are looking forward to welcoming more new and vibrant members in the very near future,” said Florince, who is also Wanita SPDP Sadong Jaya chief.
Wanita SPDP, SPDP Putera and Puteri have been aggressively recruiting new members, and most of them who applied are youths and educated professionals.
SPDP, which is a multi-racial party, presently has about 90,000 members. It will be holding its triennial general meeting (TGM) at the Bintulu Civic Centre from March 17 to 18.
There is a chance that SPDP might hold its election this year, subject to approval by the Registrar of Societies.
Source: The Borneo Post