Minos assures PBB do or die with all BN parties

Source: Borneo Post

KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) will be behind all Barisan Nasional (BN) component partners in the coming 13th general election, said its deputy information chief Datuk Peter Minos.

Minos, who is PBB Opar chairman, said the party has been directed by its leaders to stand firm, particularly behind Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) which appeared to be facing rivalry from a group coined by the media as G5 on the candidacy for Mas Gading parliamentary constituency.

“PBB is firm. We stand with our component partners all the way. PBB Opar included,” he said in SMS communication from London yesterday.

According to him, PBB practices a culture that it must be honest and sincere with its partners in both good and bad times.

“It is this culture that has earned PBB its credibility and thereby getting real and true support and confidence from its members, supporters and partners,” he said.

“Even former rivals can be won over because of their trust in PBB. Led by a leader in Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who has the brain, ability and wisdom, PBB’s culture gets more firm and entrenched,” he added.

Minos was responding to a ‘public confusion’ arising from a statement by G5 spokesman partyless Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie that he was confident BN would once again pick Mas Gading incumbent MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe as its candidate in the coming election when SPDP had already recommended either Salcra deputy general manager Anthony Nogeh Gumbek or businessman Henry Harry Jinep.

One of the questions that arose after Nansian uttered his ‘confidence’ over the matter was – Will BN bulldoze SPDP, a BN component partner, out of the way, just to accommodate Dr Tiki who is partyless?

To this Minos reiterated that as far as PBB was concerned, the party, including PBB Opar, would be with SPDP all the way.

He said this fact and the common understanding among BN partners was manifested by the presence of PBB Tasik Biru members including its chairman John Nyigor at the BN Solidarity Dinner held by SPDP Mas Gading group at Bau Civic Centre on April 14.

The dinner saw the presence of SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom and deputy Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing who did not hide his feeling when introducing Nogeh as the most likely candidate in Mas Gading. And then at the opening of the SPDP triennial general assembly (TGA) in Bintulu on March 18, Taib who is also state BN chairman made it clear that SPDP would get to recommend its candidates in all four of its parliamentary seats to the BN and that BN would endorse them.

Apart from Mas Gading, SPDP is also allocated Baram which is being held by senior vice-president (SVP) Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan, Saratok (SVP Jelaing Mersat) and Bintulu (Tiong).

BN’s chances in Mas Gading still good, says SPDP chief

Source: Star Sarawak
Thursday, 19th April 2012

KUCHING: SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan believes the political dust in Mas Gading will settle once the Prime Minister has chosen the candidate for the constituency.

He said the contention now was who was to be nominated. He said things looked dusty because of the Group of Five’s (G5) continued expression of discontent to win their battle.

Mawan, who is Social Development Minister, said the G5 had even claimed that some 1,000 had resigned from SPDP.

“They have fabricated things, trying to leverage over the other and trying to make us look like losing our support.

“At the same time they (G5) claimed themselves to be Barisan supporters, yet go against us although we are also in Barisan,” he said.

He said as far as SPDP was concerned, Barisan’s chances in Mas Gading were still good. The G5 could say anything they wanted, but SPDP was more focused on winning the war for Barisan.

“Right now, it’s just a tussle so I don’t want to quarrel with anybody.”

He also reiterated that except for Mas Gading, SPDP would retain all its incumbents.

He said it was either Anthony Nogeh or Henry Harry Jinep in Mas Gading.

When told that PRS secretary-general Datuk Wilfred Nissom had attended and spoken at a function organised by the G5 at Redeems Centre last Saturday, Mawan said it was not an uncommon sight.

“It is something that had happened from day one since the Group of Five had gone against me.

“In fact, when reporters asked me if PRS had interfered directly in SPDP’s affair by pulling the five to PRS headquarters here and PRS office in Kapit, I told the reporters that the PRS president is my friend and he might be helping me to solve my problem.

“Now, you see this thing happening again,” he said.

Confine your activities to serving the people until Nomination Day – William Mawan

Tan Sri William Mawan ak Ikom

SPDP stands firm in replacing Dr Tiki

KUCHING: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) will stand firm in not recommending Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe to defend his seat for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next parliamentary polls.

In making this stand yesterday, party president Tan Sri William Mawan said the candidate it had in mind would be even more winnable than Dr Tiki.

“The next or new BN candidate in Mas Gading will be more winnable than the incumbent. In fact there are other more credible people in the area,” he told The Borneo Post through the telephone yesterday.

Mawan who is also BN vice-chairman said Dr Tiki was victorious in past elections simply because Mas Gading is a BN stronghold.

SPDP had more than one potential candidate in mind to replace Dr Tiki but it was not the time to make the final decision yet, said Mawan who is also Social Development Minister.

Mawan also hinted that there would be a BN solidarity dinner in Mas Gading in a few weeks’ time.

Dr Tiki is one of the elected representatives sacked from SPDP for undermining party stability and leadership as well as for committing gross insubordination.

The others are state assemblymen Datuk Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru); Datuk Sylvester Entri (Marudi); Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau).

On a related issue, Mawan said he had no qualms with these elected representatives continuing to serve their respective constituents as long as they confine themselves to only serving them.

But their politicking in the pretext of serving the people will undermine BN solidarity, Mawan pointed out.

“What we (BN) cannot tolerate is their negative politicking because it would not only undermine BN election preparations but also the party reconsolidation process.

“They should confine their activities to serving the people until nomination day. If that is the case, then of course we have no problem with it,” he added.

Mawan and the five elected representatives were at loggerheads for almost two years when the five were party office bearers. The party leadership crisis ended when all five were sacked by the party.

He said: “The party is moving forward without them and they (sacked members) have moved on without the party.”

He also said he hoped people would stop commenting that the party is in crisis because SPDP is now moving forward and is receiving more membership applications from all walks of life.

SPDP will be having its Triennial General Assembly (TGA) on Mar 18 at the Bintulu Civic Centre. Mawan is expected to be returned as president uncontested.

Source: Borneo Post