SPDP think tank not in full gear
KUCHING: The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party’s (SPDP) think tank has yet to run in full gear.
The think tank, aimed to allow younger members to play a bigger role within the party and society, has not taken off although the party has been toying with the idea for some time.
SPDP president Dato Sri William Mawan Ikom said recently that no candidate had been found to commit 100 percent to running the think tank and who was also strong enough to bring members together.
He described the think tank as a ‘high powered’ group that could organise bigger forums for thousands to participate in.
Mawan, who is Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, said with the think tank in place, members would be able to contribute and exchange ideas or just speak their mind.
“Our party wants all to have a sense of belonging. There are many forums and proper channels from which party members can contribute positively towards the party as well as society,” he said when contacted.
He added: “The party needs to inject fresh ideas. The younger members need to contribute and participate in party growth. SPDP needs to re-consolidate from time to time. One of the avenues which members can contribute in is through the think tank because it encompasses economic, social and educational aspects.”
Mawan said he visualised a group of people who could lead and provide a 100 per cent commitment to the party think tank, but did not name possible leaders.
He said the group would play an advisory role, update the supreme council and report to the president.
It could be set up by the supreme council on an ad hoc basis, he said, without the need to follow the constitution simply because there was no provision on such a group.
However, whoever ran it must come up with a mechanism and body structure, he said, adding that it would be important for key members to be neutral and impartial.
Recently, SPDP has been troubled by the ‘misadventure’ of five supreme council members known in the media as the ‘SPDP Five’.
Led by senior vice-president Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, who is Assistant Minister of Environment, the group protested the party’s last minor reshuffle, which saw vice-president Nelson Balang Rining getting the post of secretary-general.
Jamesjg.com thought that it was Sylvester Entrie that led the walk-out. Maybe Datuk Peter Nansie led the protest group and Sylvester Entrie led the walk-out.
Nelson, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, replaced Assistant Minister of Water Supply, Sylvester Entrie Muran, who was promoted to vice-president.
Mawan said that all of its eight representatives would be re-nominated by the party to defend their seats for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next state election unless Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud decided otherwise.
Apart from Mawan (Pakan), Nansian (Tasik Biru), Entri (Marudi), the others are Datuk Peter Nyarok Entrie (Krian), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu), Paulus Palu Ngumbang (Batu Danau) and Wong Judat (Meluan). Nyarok is also SPDP deputy president as well as Assistant Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture.
SPDP plans to organise a BN Solidarity Dinner here next month as part if its efforts to consolidate and to enhance its relationship with other BN component parties.
Source: The Borneo Post, 10th April 2010.
Updated: 12 April 2010
Ever since this news was published on the Borneo Post, a few names has reached my ears. Audie has his prediction and we will let the President to have the honor to announce the name officially.
His guess may be as good as mine! Cheers..