Mampukah SNAP terus kekal?

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Sept (Bernama) — Apakah yang bergolak dalam Parti Kebangsaan Sarawak (SNAP), parti politik tertua di Sarawak yang kini melalui satu tempoh yang penuh dengan persoalan?

Bagaimanakah masa depan parti ini yang dijadual mengadakan Perhimpunan Agung tiga tahun sekalinya selama dua hari di Kuching pada 24 dan 25 Sept ini?

Ramai penganalisis politik sudah pun membenamkan masa depan SNAP di persada landskap politik Sarawak kerana mereka percaya parti itu tidak akan mampu bangkit kembali kepada kegemilangannya seperti yang pernah dilaluinya sebelum ini.

“Pada asasnya parti ini sudah habis. Ia berada di penghujung jalan.

Berhadapan isu penjenamaan dengan dana menjadi masalah paling besar.

“Sebelum ini urusan berkenaan dibiayai oleh pemimpin tertinggi yang mempunyai kedudukan kewangan yang kukuh. Tetapi kepimpinan sekarang berdepan kekangan kewangan untuk menjayakan maksud tersebut,” demikian menurut seorang penganalisis politik, James Chin kepada Bernama.

Berasal dari Sarawak, Chin yang menjadi pensyarah di Universiti Monash cawangan Sunway, menyatakan sebelum pilihan raya negeri Sarawak yang lalu, masih ada harapan bagi SNAP untuk pulih dengan mendapat sokongan peringkat tertentu tetapi keputusan pilihan raya itu telah membuktikan sebaliknya.

“Keputusan pilihan raya itu pada asasnya menunjukkan parti itu tidak lagi relevan,” katanya.

Berdasarkan keputusan pilihan raya negeri Sarawak baru-baru ini, daripada sejumlah 672,667 (68.66 peratus) pengundi berdaftar yang keluar mengundi pada 16 April, SNAP yang bertanding di 26 kerusi hanya memperoleh keseluruhannya 15,663 (2.33 peratus) undi.

Parti itu gagal memenangi sebarang kerusi manakala kebanyakan calonnya telah hilang wang pertaruhan mereka.

Seorang lagi penganalisis politik dari Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Dr Jeniri Amir berkata walaupun parti itu berjaya membalikkan tindakan Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) untuk membatalkan pendaftarannya, tindakan sedemikian telah banyak memberi kesan ke atas SNAP.

SNAP, yang ditubuhkan pada 10 April 1961 telah dibatalkan pendaftarannya oleh ROS pada 2002. Parti itu menang dalam rayuannya tahun lepas apabila Mahkamah Rayuan mengenepikan keputusan pendaftar pertubuhan itu.

“Lapan tahun bergelut di mahkamah terus melemahkan parti itu. Akibat pendaftarannya dibatalkan, mereka hilang sokongan di peringkat akar umbi. Perjuangan selama lapan tahun ini adalah tempoh yang panjang dan ini engakibatkan parti ini sukar pulih semula. Inilah sebab mereka kalah teruk dalam pilihanraya negeri,” katanya kepada Bernama.

Beliau juga berkongsi pandangan bahawa masa depan parti itu dalam politik Sarawak sudah tidak ada kerana ia telah kehilangan tarikan mendapat sokongan terutama sekali di kalangan masyarakat Iban yang lebih banyak menyokong parti berasaskan dayak yang lain.

“Tidak nampak langsung cahaya di hujung terowong. SNAP tidak punya masa depan lagi dalam politik Sarawak. Masalahnya kepimpinan parti ini masih lagi bermain politik cara lama dengan strategi lapuk di tengah-tengah suasana politik yang berubah. Mereka tidak lagi dapat menarik sokongan orang ramai,” katanya.

Bukan itu sahaja sesetengah anggota parti itu sudah merungut tidak mengetahui langsung tentang petanda hala tuju parti itu sekarang yang sokongan terhadapnya begitu merosot sekali selepas pilihan raya negeri yang lepas.

Sesetengahnya malah bertanya sama ada parti itu yang diasaskan oleh Ketua Menteri pertama mendiang Tan Sri Stephen Kalong Ningkan, masih lagi relevan dalam suasana politik hari ini.

Mereka mendakwa tidak seorang pun tahu sama ada parti itu mahu kekal sebagai pembangkang atau menjadi parti yang mesra dengan Barisan Nasional.

Setiausaha Agung SNAP, Edmund Stanley Jugol mengakui parti itu hanya akan tahu hala tuju masa depannya selepas Perhimpunan Agungnya hujung minggu ini, sama ada kekal sebagai pembangkang atau bersahabat dengan BN kerana barisan
jawatankuasa barunya akan memutuskan perkara tersebut.

“Kita tidak boleh membuat sebarang keputusan sebelum Perhimpunan Agung itu kerana masih banyak perkara belum selesai. Tambahan pula ia bergantung pada jawatankuasa baru sementelah presiden sekarang (Edwin Dundang Bugak) pula berkata beliau mahukan golongan muda mengambil alih,” katanya kepada Bernama ketika dihubungi.

Bagaimanapun Edmund Stanley mengesahkan satu pilihan yang pada SNAP adalah meninjau sama ada untuk berbaik dengan BN walaupun hanya di peringkat persekutuan atau kekal pada kedudukan kini sehingga tamatnya tempoh ketua menteri sekarang.

Seorang penganalisis politik di Institut Kajian Asia Timur UNIMAS, Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi bagaimanapun percaya SNAP tidak mungkin diterima ke dalam BN kerana persepsi bahawa parti itu sudah lemah.

“Apa yang diperlukan SNAP sekarang adalah seorang calon yang berwibawa, berkarisma dan dihormati oleh pihak pembangkang. Mereka juga perlu dilihat sebagai rakan politik yang baik tidak hanya di peringkat pemimpin tetapi juga di kalangan semua calon,” kata beliau.

Katanya, BN Sarawak hanya mahukan sebuah parti yang boleh bersaing, pemimpinnya dihormati dan stabil yang pada masa sekarang parti itu tidak banyak memiliki pemimpin sedemikian.

Ramai penganalisis politik percaya pilihan terbaik bagi SNAP buat masa kini adalah melakukan transformasi terhadap kepimpinannya, menyusun semula semua cawangan parti, menghidupkan kembali sayap pemuda dan wanitanya.

Bagaimana belum pun semua ini dapat dilakukan, parti itu sudah berdepan dengan masalah baru menjelang berlangsungnya perhimpunan agung parti minggu ini.

Sudah ada dakwaan berlakunya politik wang dalam pemilihan jawatan presiden dengan laporan seorang anggota kanan parti berkata adanya calon tertentu menyogok sehingga RM3,400 bagi setiap perwakilan mengandungi tiket kapal terbang, bilik hotel, duit saku dan jamuan makan malam.

Setakat ini dua calon akan bertanding bagi jawatan presiden selepas penamaan calon ditutup pada 17 Sept lepas. — BERNAMA

The Tiger of Heineken

Sibu – the Swan City is expecting a crowd during the coming nomination day on 8th May. Sibu will be having a parliamentary by-election following the death of YB Datuk Robert Lau last month.

The by-election may see a three-corner fight between the DAP, SUPP (BN) and an independent candidate. In general, the Chinese, who made up a bigger percentage of the voters are more aware of the presence of the DAP and the Barisan Nasional in Sibu, considering its long history in Sarawak.

The other component of Pakatan Rakyat may become the spoiler on DAP’s chance of winning this election. Generally, the Chinese in Sibu, will not favour the presence of Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (PKR).

Among the coffee shop talks.. “..how could they (PKR) missed the flight to Sibu during the announcement of their (PR) candidacy! They can even also missed us in the future. Such a simple time management, they can’t show us.”

The influence of PAS in Sibu is not significant enough to cause a damage despite their recent press statement of capturing Sarawak in the coming election.

Sarawak National Party (SNAP) may get a little attention in the Iban areas and this by-election may also become their testing ground for the coming Sarawak state election. Will the potential candidates from SNAP (for the State election) make an impact in convincing the Iban voters to vote for DAP.. we will see the result this 16th May.

As of today the Barisan Nasional have made all their necessary logistics into Sibu. For the SUPP, you better wake up early and look around, because it is your ball and your field. Keep your internal clan issues at bay for the time being.

For the DAP, the elder voters may not be on Facebook or even reading this post, so, it is still the traditional handshake way to capture the hearts of the Chinese in town. For the young Chinese voters, will it be against the will of their parents to see them vote for the opposition? Furthermore, most of them are leaving outside Sibu, carrying their new address in their MyKad.

The Tiger of Heineken – it doesn’t matter what brand or taste, the effect is almost the same – palau! Don’t drink and Vote!

Updates: 12.40pm

Just over three hours after I posted this post, a press conference has held by the SNAP Deputy President in Kuching. Here is an extract from SarawakUpdate.com.

Suspended, Sarawak National Party (SNAP) deputy president, Ting Ling Kiew is calling all the party member to support BN in Bandar Sibu be election.

Ting who claimed that he is still SNAP deputy president said his sacking was not according to procedure.

He was speaking in a press conference in Kuching today.

SNAP on April 6 2009, announced that has suspended the membership of its deputy president Ting Ling Kiew for a “very irritating and embarrassing press statement supporting Barisan Nasional candidate, Malcom Mussen Lamoh, in the Batang Ai by-election and putting the party into ridicule and disrepute”.

SNAP is still a BN component party

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I hope this is not an April fool headline by the Borneo Post, because it gives us a new implication on the status of Sarawak National Party (SNAP).

I met Stanley Jugol and Darrel Jugol (SNAP Youth) during the Batang Ai by-election nomination day. It was polite to say “hi” to relatives when we have the chances to meet them. Nothing was mention on this news, but I was made to understang that some SNAP CEC was in Kuala Lumpur to meet Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (who shall be Malaysia’s next Prime Minister and probably be the new Home Affairs Minister).

2009-04-01-snap-exSome questions

  • With Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s comment on the technical status of SNAP, now we know that SNAP is still a component of the Barisan Nasional (on record). Was that the reason why SNAP was never being deregistered?
  • What is SNAP CEC member, Dr. John Brian (holding the post of Vice President) doing in PKR? He is seen as PKR’s strategist in Sarawak (well, at least that was being read in his DayakBaru.com blog).
  • The media have carried headlines and news that SNAP “pulled out” from the Barisan Nasional and today we are reading that SNAP have never resigned from BN. Were the readers being fooled all these while by these politicians?
  • Will this move make an impact in Batang Ai? We know that there are still some strong supporters (the elder Ibans) of SNAP in Batang Ai.

Senior Sng denies

Former Julau MP Datuk Sng Chee Hua has denied that he has been working against the Barisan Nasional in the Batang Ai by-election.

“I am a BN man and I believe that the BN will deliver the seat,” he added in a press statement yesterday.

Well, UchuKeling.com hopes Datuk Sng pay a visit to the PRS Operations Room in Batang Ai to strengthen this claim and statement. Probably our good friends Tedwin Ngumbang and Audie Chua should also lend a hand in Batang Ai.

Electronic media war

One thing for sure – the Barisan Nasional lack people who can documented their campaign. Unlike their big brother, UMNO-nergised blogs, the BN Sarawak, while equiped with high tech digital cameras, video cameras, during the recent nomination day are good for private home viewing (printed photo album) and home videos.

So, YB YB, Datuk Datuk, Datin Datin, this good video clips, photos are all needed if you are to enter the new media. The printed mass media have limited space to show the real things. And, we, the new generation voters want to view and read the latest information on the ground, and not relying on SMS from the campaigners.

Today, the BN are trailing (or even not there yet) in term of electronic media war. If this continues to happen, then it might be too late.

Listen O-thee BN

Today’s voters do not only listen to your ceramah, but take a little more time to surf the Net, read newspapers for views and opinions before they decided on whom they will vote.

1. oBN, your projects are not well documented for the public. Yes, we heard of them, but we do not see them. The papers, development photos and videos are well kept in your office but for who? Some of us cannot attend development exhibition, but we do come back to vote.

2. Government websites are becoming redundant, full of historical facts! Either the government are so lokek, and can’t afford a dedicated webmaster in every council or district offices, or they just couldn’t be bothered about it.

3. All champions and no frontliners – 6 days more, my honest opinion to both sides: PKR have better documentation of their campaign. Better organised despite their lack of fund, logistic supports, etc. The BN relied on all the media to send out their signal to the voters. Yes, we read it. The reality on the ground is different.

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The PRS President need to do something to tackle his own men. The rest of the component are doing their part well. SUPP even started campaigning right after nomination to secure votes from the Chinese community. Follow-ups call have been made by Harden and Yap. Their visits were well documented in the Chinese media.

It is the PRS supporters that could spoilt this happening! So, if you do not organise it well despite the advantages (well, maybe not enough funding from party supporters).

4. oBN campaign workers bawa perangai masing-masing! Nak show terror semua! This might back fire, jangan lupa ye oBN.

5. The battle is only half way and there is no need for advance credit. The votes are not in yet, so no need to say I did this and I did that. Talian belum di buka lagi, jangan buang kredit anda!

Party delivers but reps need to work on it

No doubt the oBN have delivered various projects to the rakyat, but it is not reaching the rakyat as planned. Who ever handles and are trusted to handle this project, task or work must be sincere and be hardworking.

Even Jawah had the opportunity to do so. So did the late YB Datuk. But why it didn’t happen as planned? It starts from the representative, the party workers, the Councillors, the Tuai Rumahs, etc..

The rakyat needs to review their performance as well.