SPDP will help Salang if re-nominated, to win Julau seat – Mawan

SIBU, May 24 (Bernama) — The Sarawak Progessive Democratic Party (SPDP) will mobilise its members in the Meluan and Pakan state constituencies to ensure the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Julau parliamentary seat wins in the coming general election.

Its president, Tan Sri William Mawan, said SPDP was a friend and partner to all BN component parties, including the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

“We are not PRS’ enemy in Julau, although our state assemblyman for Meluan, Wong anak Judat, has personal differences with PRS incumbent Datuk Joseph Salang, who is expected to be renominated.

We do not believe in trying to sabotage another BN component party to make us stronger,” he told a press conference today, after declaring open the party’s service centre for the state central region here.

Mawan, who is the state social development minister, said it was the Sarawak Worker’s Party (SWP) and the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) which wanted to challenge the PRS in all its six parliamentary seats.

On differences between Wong and Salang, who is state deputy information communication and culture minister, he said it should not be seen as a big problem for the BN.

“We will help Salang. We have never waiver from this understanding as a fellow BN component party,” he said.

On calls by various quarters for the party to take action against Wong, Mawan said SPDP had its own mechanism and system, should this be necessary.

“Nevertheless, what happened in Julau was Wong, merely expressing his personal differences with Salang,” he said.

On the service centre, Mawan said it would help the party serve over 10,000 members from 18 divisions in the state’s central region.

“The region covering the Sibu, Sarikei, Mukah and Kapit divisions is probably our strongest supporter base, in terms of membership strength, unity and loyalty,” he noted. — BERNAMA

Ucapan penggulungan YB Tan Sri William Mawan anak Ikom, Menteri Pembangunan Sosial

YB Tan Sri William Mawan

Menteri Pembangunan Sosial (Y.B. Tan Sri William Mawan anak Ikom): Terima kasih, Tuan Speaker. Before I go on further, I hope you don‘t mind me being personal. I have a slight problem with my dental gum, so in case my pronunciation is not very clear, or impair, I don‘t mind repeating what I say here outside the House. In case it‘s not clear.

Air selasih air tembikar,
Ikan seluang di atas para,
Terima kasih Datuk Speaker,
Memberi peluang saya berbicara.

Tuan Speaker, terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan dan terima kasih kepada Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak atas ucapan pembukaan rasmi Mesyuarat Pertama bagi Penggal Kedua Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak Ketujuh Belas. Penekanan Tuan Yang Terutama Tun agar sentiasa memantau dan mengawal isu-isu sosial demi keselamatan dan kesejahteraan rakyat amatlah dihargai. Saya sangat berterima kasih kepada Tuan Yang Terutama atas seruan supaya kepimpinan kerajaan tempatan dan di peringkat akar umbi turun padang dan berinteraksi dengan rakyat bagi memastikan penyertaan mereka dalam pembangunan sosial dapat terus dipertingkatkan.

Sebelum saya meneruskan ucapan penggulungan, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini juga untuk mengucapkan tahniah kepada Yang Amat Berhormat Pehin Sri Ketua Menteri yang kita kasihi atas sambutan ulangtahun yang ke-76 pada 21 Mei 2012. Semoga Yang Amat Berhormat Pehin Sri sentiasa sihat sejahtera dan terus memimpin Kerajaan Barisan Nasional Negeri Sarawak.


Emerging Trends-Youth and Social Media

Social media has been proven to affect not only today’s youth but the majority of the world’s population. Overall, today’s youth are affected by the media in a number of ways, both positively and negatively. Facebook, blogs, twitters, forums, social networking and media sharing are the common „playgrounds? of our youth where they engage in building friendship, sharing information, voicing their opinions, showcasing their talents and creativity and keeping abreast of events around the globe.

The recent euphoria over the Facebook company‘s market share debut in the United State makes it the largest social network which goes to show the huge following it has not only in the United States but globally. On a positive note, social media has the potential to promote professional learning and therefore our youth should take advantage of the wide range of information for knowledge building and self improvement. But at the same time we should all play our role in educating our children on the general ethics when engaging in social media and importantly, about self censorship and the core rules of etiquette.

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I would like to response to the concern raised by the Honourable Member for Telang Usan on the influence of information from the internet or blog on our local culture. The influence of new culture spreading through the internet has indeed encroached into the local way of life amongst our younger generation. The need to ensure that our local culture and customs are preserved and do not erode over time would require all relevant parties to work together towards this common aim. Actually with the onset of the information technology, effort in preserving our culture is made easier as the internet can be used to store all the knowledge of the various communities in the form of the database accessible to anyone, anytime and anywhere. In this connection, my ministry will work closely with NGOs in planning more awareness seminars and workshops focusing on the youth in the future.

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SPDP comes up with multi-racial supreme council

Source: Star Sarawak
By Rintos Mail

KUCHING: SPDP had formed a Special Chinese Outreach Committee.

The formation of the committee was announced by the president Tan Sri William Mawan after the party’s supreme council meeting at the party headquarters.

Mawan, who is Social Develop–ment Minister, said the role of the committee, which is headed by SPDP deputy president and Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing and treasurer general Senator Pau Chiung Ung, was to examine various ways of getting the Chinese active in the state Barisan.

He said although the majority of urban Chinese had voted for the Opposition, SPDP believed that it was not because they like the DAP.

“There are reasons why they did not vote for Barisan and the committee has been tasked to look into them and bring them back to mainstream politics.

“If we don’t play our role in this area, we will be accused of not working outside our own areas,” he said yesterday.

Mawan said the committee would look for some collaborative efforts with other component parties on the matter.

“We are not looking at Bintulu only, but also other predominantly Chinese seats,” he said.

Respond from Mawan on the alleged back-stabbing in Julau.

Wong-Salang quarrel can be settled privately, says Mawan

KUCHING: SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan had expressed “deep regret” that the personal differences between Datuk Joseph Salang and Wong Judat had become a public affair.

He said the differences could be resolved amicably behind closed doors if there was sincerity in doing so.

Mawan, who is Social Develop–ment Minister, said he was aware of the personal differences between the two leaders, but never thought it would be a serious issue.

He said Wong, who was a close friend of Salang for more than 10 years, was unhappy with the latter over a road project.

He said at one function, both of them even tried to seize a microphone from each other to explain the issue to the audience.

He said since that incident, they were no longer in good terms, and Salang only helped him (Mawan) and not Wong in the last state polls.

Mawan said during the elections, some of Salang’s supporters were allegedly campaigning against Wong.

“Because of that, Wong was not happy and said he would campaign against Salang in the parliamentary election.

“To me, it is better to resolve this matter in private and not in the press,” he said in response to PRS’ warning to Barisan Nasional leaders against sabotaging Julau.

Mawan said some people could have stirred up the personal differences between the two for their own advantages.

He believed the Julau constituency was causing a lot of worries to PRS primarily because an old enemy was making a comeback.

He said former Julau MP Datuk Sng Chee Hua has been going to the ground to meet his own men and promoting the Sarawak Workers Party.

He believed Wong would subscribe to team work if there was sincere effort made to resolve the differences.

“I’m prepared to discuss the matter if PRS leadership wants to meet me. But I can’t come to see them and say I’m sorry because I or SPDP has done nothing wrong to PRS,” he said.