Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mawan’s nomination triggers mass resignations

Joseph Tawie

April 17, 2013
Angry Krian and Saratok division pass no-confidence vote against SPDP president William Mawan.
SARATOK: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) members in Krian and Saratok divisions in the respective constituencies have resigned en mass from the party in protest of president William Mawan’s candidacy in Saratok.
Chief Minister and Sarawak Barisan Nasional chairman Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday announced that Mawan (photo) would contest the seat replacing three-term incumbent Jelaing Mersat.
Mawan, who is Social Development Minister and state assemblyman for neighbouring Pakan constituency , was selected from 13 aspiring and mostly professional candidates.
In a statement to FMT this evening, both Krian and Saratok divisions representatives said they had “lost faith” in and no longer trusted Mawan, who is not a local boy.
The divisions have collectively passed a four-point resolution which included a no-confidence vote against Mawan’s leadership.
The statement also denounced Mawan’s unilateral decision to nominate himself for the seat.
They claimed that Mawan had pushed through the decision “without full and proper consultation”.
They called for Mersat to be retained “or if an alternative candidate is [available] to be nominated”.
The statement said any new nomination of candidate should be carried out in “proper and full consultation with SPDP Krian and Saratok divisions of the party.”
“Members of the SPDP Krian and Kalaka have lost faith, confidence and trust in the leadership of Mawan and they have resigned en mass.
“We also demand that a special committee comprising Mersat, Dunstan Endawie, Douglas Sullang, Chambai Lindong and James Chela be formed to formulate further course of actions,” said the four-point resolution.
Saratok, which is one of the “hot” seats for the BN has been neglected for decades due to the people’s strong support for Sarawak National Party (SNAP) and later Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak.
The broken promises by the BN government and the land grabs involving native customary rights properties are issues being exploited by the opposition.
In the last state election, Ali Biju of PKR defeated SPDP vice president, Peter Nyarok, with a very comfortable majority.
In the coming general election, PKR has nominated him for the Saratok constituency.
~ Free Malaysia Today

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