Saturday, October 15

SPDP crisis deepens

14 Oct 2011

KUCHING: As the two-year old crisis in Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party deepens, the five rebels popularly known as the ‘SPDP 5’ challenge the party to expel them by refusing to reply to the show-cause letter given to them.

“It is up to them to expel us. That is their business. We are not going to reply to the show-cause letter,” said Peter Nansian, Senior vice-president of the party.

“Our statement today is good enough in response to the show-cause letter,” he added at a Press conference.

The other four are the MP for Mas Gading Dr. Tiki Lafe, vice-president; Sylvester Entri, vice President and Marudi assemblyman; Rosey Yunus, Supreme Council member and Bekenu assemblywomen, and Paulus Gumbang, supreme council member and Batu Danau assemblyman.

So far only Entri has received a show-cause letter as to why action could not be taken against him after he failed to attend the party’s supreme council meetings and other functions organised by the party.

“If the party takes action against one of us, it means you take action against all of us, and we will act as a group,” Nansian said.

“We have pledged to sink and swim together,” he added.

Asked if they are going to form a new party in the event they are expelled, he said: “We will tell you when we cross the bridge.

“For the time being, we are looking for the best solution to resolve the conflict in the party,” said Nansian, who is also the Tasik Biru assemblyman.

It is understood that the ‘rebels’ have formed a committee to study the possibility of forming a new party as well as to look into a temporary parking with one of the parties in the state Barisan Nasional.

Or they may remain partyless, but for Nansian, Entri and Rosey, their positions as assistant ministers are at the pleasure of the Chief Minister.

There was a precedent in the person of Larry Sng, who was partyless, but the Chief Minister still retained him as assistant minister.

Earlier reading a statement, Nansian said: “Today is one of the saddest and most regrettable moments of our lives to have come to a point that we have to make a decision to declare that we have lost faith and confidence in our President.

“He has now apparently no longer can resolve the current conflict in the party amicably and peacefully to maintain party unity and stability and to protect and safeguard BN seats vested in the party for a continuously strong BN government for the good of the rakyat.

“The last straw on the camel’s back that forced us to make this decision is that if the president seriously wants to resolve the current conflict in the party a ‘reconciliation or unity committee’ should have been formed rather than the ‘disciplinary committee’ to take action against us, which we feel very unfair and done solely chop us off,” he said.

Nansian said: “While we have extended our hands in reconciliation over the last two years by meeting him no less than three times formally as a group and more times on informal occasions, and agreed on many points on how to reconcile and work together to maintain stability and make the party stronger, has he implemented accordingly?

“Or is it not in the contrary whereby he has made many controversial remarks that create much uneasiness and suspicion within the party as well as between BN component parties?” he asked.

Nansian blamed the president for labelling them as the ‘rebels 5’ and the ‘group of 5’ and thus started the friction and faction in the party.

He also said the group is not happy when the president branded them as nominees of a BN component party and at the same time accused other BN component leaders of meddling in the party’s internal affairs.

Nansian said: “Our group pledges our undivided support to the leadership of Barisan Nasional at federal and state level.

“We will serve our people in our constituencies in the name of Barisan Nasional. We won the last state election with big majorities under the banner of Barisan Nasional.

“We will sink and swim with BN under the wise leadership of Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Sarawak,” he said.

Nansian did not specifically mention that Mawan should step down, but by saying that they have lost faith and confidence in his leadership, they are indirectly calling on him to step down.

To the group, that will be the ‘best solution’ to solve the conflict.

Except for Tiki, who had to attend to an official business, the rest were present at the press conference.

Meanwhile, Mawan when contacted refused to comment on the statement that the group has no faith and confidence on his leadership.

However, he is expected to issue a statement later.

The conflict within the party started after the December 2009 party election during which Mawan did not want any challenge to the top leadership after he heard some grumblings within the party.

One of the things that made members unhappy was the idea to extend its wing to Peninsula Malaysia. The idea came from the treasurer general Tiong King Sing, the MP for Bintulu, who had his own reasons to extend the party to the peninsula.

Among those who strongly opposed the idea was none other than Sylvester Entri, then the Secretary General. Tiong was heard by reporters of hurling unpleasant words against Entri and those present during one of the supreme council meetings.

From there on, rumours of ‘Team B’ preparing to challenge the leadership were circulated. But Mawan did not want any challenge to the president’s team by insisting on a status quo.

A pledge to that effect was signed by Mawan himself and distributed to all party leaders.

The ‘Team B’ agreed if their men like Entri retained as Secretary General. But in January 2010 in a supreme council meeting, Mawan replaced Entri with Nelson Balang Rining.

This triggered the conflict when the group walked out together with three other members from the meeting.

Since that January, the group had not attended any of the supreme council meetings or functions organised by the party.


Apai Semalau said...

Here it goes again. Another group of quarrelsome dayaks! Marking the beginning of the end of SPDP in the likes of PBDS? No wonder dayaks are always marginalised. This group of illiterate "5 stooges" are just typical rumah panjai dayaks whose interests lies with the greed for positions and lining their pockets with silvers ($$$$) rather than working for the interests of their constituencies. Going against the party leadership is equivalent to going against the party, the flagship on which they were elected. Don't be surprised if they eventually "katak" onto the long arms of PBB.
Sadly, the dayaks can't be tamed or make to unite. Our leaders "greed" mentality dictates our communitie's destiny of remaining in the poverty cycle for years to come. We just never learn from history!

Banting said...

That`s the brand of Dayak politics, quarrelsome, unwilling to compromise and self interest. Unless the Dayak leaders change their attitude, no way Dayak can be united. Other races are laughing at us!

Apai irau said...

The SPDP crisis should be looked into from various perspectives.Seriously,it reveals the set of mind the Dayak leaders in politic has from the early days till today;quarrelsome,selfish and willing to used as tools to disunite the Dayaks further.On a lighter note,Mawan's misdeed to SNAP now has come to SPDP,if the word 'Tulah" is still applicable.

Anonymous said...

Considering SPDP is a body that formed after SNAP was deregistered it is a reality the saying that "one reaps what he sowed". As regard Nansen in Tasik Biru constituency is a real case of "history will repeat itself". Dr Patau made the mistake of not obeying CM's good advice to skip the parliamentary election of 1995 in favor of some other personality from Bau, and was sacked. Now Nansen is openly challenging party president of SPDP. By right he should resign. Otherwise eventually Mawan should expelled him. Of course there is different political scenario now with opposition very strong and because of that maybe CM Taib may not let go of him from the post of Assistant Minister. But an open challenge of a party president will show the weakness in BN if Nansen is allowed to flout the party rules of discipline openly like that. In the end the people will reject SPDP-BN there. And lets nobody be thinking that PBB could come to aid Nansen in Tasik Biru. Just look at the example shown by Peter Minos in 1983.

apaipantu said...

Reason behind the quarell- Tan Sri William Mawan & Datuk Sylvester Entri & gang. All started from Semangat Progresif , a class A bumiputra status co. Vincent Tan 30%, Danny Tiong 30%, William Mawan 20%,& his daughter Barbara Mawan 20%. That 20%(Barbara's) supposed to be for Entri & friends. So far dapat 3 projects - Field Force camp,Miri, under BLT 380juta, 2 school 100juta.. Father & daughter untung bersih RM56juta.. sapa tidak sakit hati kena tipu? Tan sri William Mawan penipu..Juara Beetuah was given project Jln Balingian/mukah/dalat 230mil, Tan sri William Mawan was given 2.5mil shares untung. Datuk Peter Nansian was a man of his words. But Mawan never keeps his promise & makan semua untung 56mil frm Semangat Progressive sdn.bhd. Sapa tidak sakit ati. Mawan tidak pay back Nansian & gang....