Monday, May 9

SNAP leaders must resign

By Joseph Tawie (From Free Malaysia Today)

Beleagured SNAP's 'pullout' from Pakatan is 'immaterial' as its current leadership has 'lost all credibility', said a former top party official.

KUCHING: A former Sarawak National Party (SNAP) vice-president has demanded that the party’s entire Central Working Committee including its president Edwin Dundang resign en bloc and take responsibility for the April 16 polls fiasco.

Declining to reveal his name, the former Sarawak Assistant Minister said: “They know who I am … they should all resign.

“They should be courageous enough to claim responsibility for the dismal performances of their candidates who all except one lost their deposits,” he said adding that it was irrelevant whether the party remained in Pakatan Rakyat or not.

The former Julau assemblyman described SNAP’s ties with Pakatan as ‘immaterial’ as party had ‘lost its credibility.’

“Whether SNAP is out of the Pakatan Rakyat or not is immaterial.

“The most important thing is for the CWC members – from the president downward – to resign and elect new committee members in order to bring credibility and integrity to the party.”

He was commenting on reports quoting SNAP secretary-general Stanley Jugol who on Friday said the party had severed its ties with Pakatan.

Jugol was quoted as saying that the 50-year-old SNAP had decided to quit Pakatan after it was sidelined following disagreements on seat allocation.

“We are no longer in Pakatan. We are now on our own,” he had said adding that it was meaningless for the party to remain in the coalition as it was no longer invited to attend any functions or meetings organised by the opposition alliance.

No credibility

Speaking to FMT yesterday, the former SNAP vice president said: “SNAP has lost its credibility and cannot claim itself to represent the Dayaks anymore.

“The recent state election clearly showed that the Dayaks have rejected the party especially under the current leadership.

“SNAP cannot rely on history and its past glory to win back the Dayaks’ support for the party, especially the young Dayaks who do not know even who SNAP’s Stephen Kalong Ningkan was.

“These young people cannot be bothered with past history as they are more interested with what the party can offer them in the future,” he said.

In 1974 SNAP won 18 state seats and nine parliamentary seats in the Dayak majority constituencies. Its leader, Ningkan was made Sarawak’s first chief minister. But their immaculate pedigree was of little use in last month’s polls.

Going into the election SNAP was already at loggerheads with PKR over seat allocation.

Refusing to compromise SNAP went ahead and contested in 27 Dayak majority constituencies with Dundang boastfully declaring they had the support of Dayaks.

In the end 26 candidates including Dundang lost their deposits.

Personal opinion

Meanwhile, Jugol today clarified his Friday statement.

He said it was his personal opinion that SNAP should pull out of Pakatan.

“The CWC members have not met to discuss the issue (pulling out), but I believe it is the general feelings of the CWC members as well as members of the party that it should leave the Pakatan Rakyat.

“What appeared in the local press that the party has severed its ties with the Pakatan Rakyat was my personal opinion,” he added.

Meawnhile Sarawak PKR information chief See Chee How when contacted said that it was not surprising that SNAP pulled out of Pakatan considering what its leaders did and acted before the state election.

He said SNAP had some good grassroots members, whom he thought would be good SNAP leaders in the future.

“But now some of them have started to join PKR… now they realised that the party is only an empty vehicle which is not able to serve the interests of the party and members of the Dayak community,” he said.


Iban rumah panjai. said...

I am sorry to say the return of "old guards" to SNAP have not made the party bigger and stronger.

Patau was right when said that SNAP was dreaming and would not win any seat in the just concluded state election. But then, why he campaigned for the SNAP`s candidate in Bau? Seems to me this man is an opportunist.

Anonymous said...

SNAP will still stay relevent coming this GE. BN will use SNAP to split opposition votes like what they did during the just concluded SE. They may not garner much support but when we analysed the election result, at least a couple of seats could have been won by the opposition had SNAP not contested those seats.

So JUgol,Mr Sometimes will start the 'talks' with BN on their roles to assist BN to win in Sarawak...

kumpulan kombat im mural said...

This hypocritee bin abdullah has abandoned his rights to discuss matters involving SNAP the very day he participated in the killing of the party.

Also, for another hypocritee bin abdullah RAYONG, it is a sinful sin to claim that he is SUPP because is a PBB parked by Jabu in SUPP.

But this is a trademark of ketuanan convertees.

Both bluffing their daily lives by using the previous life's name Sylvester and Johnical. They refused to be known as bin abdullah for their jihad programme is to bluff the stupid Iban voters.

Both possess the same degree of lusts-lasting hormone and one partner is never enough.

According to some unconfirmed sources, bin abdullah ENTRI was hinting at his boss and his temporary party SPDP (to close shop)but for public consumption he mentioned SNAP.

What's going on bill???

JJ said...

SNAP is "basking on its former glory". The President also NOT only lost BUT LOST dis deposit, the most honorable thing for the President to do is resigned lah! If your father "was" holding very high posts during his life time, his children may or may not automatically be successful, if he or she do nothing to "promote" his or her "success".

Look at Singapore election - they field many young professionals. They have "causes" to fight for. I did not see these n SNAP candidates. They are all devoid of any issues to build rapport among the voters!

Please SNAP, wind up and not to mislead the innocent Dayaks anymore.

jamal jamaludin

Anonymous said...

All must leave SNAP and desert the haunted house be managed only by Stanley and Edwin plus Paul K.

Even their ploys to play between PR and BN during just concluded state election have landed themselves in big shit though some were able to make some earning to stay comfortable for few months will the guilts flooding in their mind and dreams

PKR would have done better at at least 3 areas, and the BN 2/3 majority would be more ugly-looking

Goodbye- Sarawak No Aspiration Party- SNAP, looks like a poor beggar in front the BN door

PKR2???? said...

Just a simple intent by DAP to work together with SNAP, a party with great potential has already triggered fear among politicians.

PKR have been around for the last 13 years, yet nobody took notice least condemn them like the manner they condemn SNAP.

Its not a bad suggestion to recommend changing the current leaders in SNAP for new blood but that does not mean SNAP must close shop at all as some fearful politician (including ministers) have nightmarely expressed.

This only goes to show that they are fearful of SNAP's revival potentials.

Thank you DAP for the wisdom to choose a genuine and honest political partner.

Long Lives DAP-SNAP, the next government of Sarawak.

Bye bye dayak traitors

Anonymous said...

“They know who I am …" He is ex-YB Amnrose Gramong Anak Jelian. The HAS BEEN Menteri Muda AGJ seemed to think that:" … they should all resign" is the solution .....

Anonymous said...

SNAP could consider a party referendum on the question of leaving, staying with PR or disband as talked about.

What do SNAP members want?

Then members and public voters can once and for all put the matter to rest.

If not all the talk sounds typical of what PBB and UMNO do.