Sarawak Workers’ Party (SWP) aims to replace Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) as the Dayak-based party by contesting against the six seats now held by PRS.
The six seats are Julau, Selangau, Kanowit, Hulu Rajang, Lubok Antu and Sri Aman
Its newly elected President Larry Sng blamed PRS for ‘bad’ politics in areas controlled by the party. SWP tried to get rid of such ‘bad’ politics practised by PRS.
Larry Sng’s Deputy George Lagong who is his uncle blamed Dayak leaders who claimed to be championing for their people but instead were not living up to their promises.
The Dayak community had been left behind and had lost directions.
“They have been there for many years and did not perform up to expectations. They should give way to young blood to lead. I want voters to help change the situation by voting for SWP candidates,” Lagong said.
Lagong’s criticisms also hit at Dayak senior Ministers including Deputy Chief Minister Alfred jab Anak Numpang.
Only two months old, SWP claims to have a total membership of 10,000.
Who are these people? From what I gather the membership is made of Sng’s workers and those who are financially dependent on him.
Therefore Sarawak Workers’ Party should be changed to SNG’S WORKERS PARTY.
Secondly, do we agree that Larry Sng, a Chinese to be our Hogansiau in place of Jabu?
Sadly, some do including some prominent lawyers, teachers, and etc.
Meanwhile, the following is what See Chee How’s comment:
Sarawak Workers’ Party’s stand to ‘fight BN, but we are pro-BN’ is simply outrageous and one that is an insult to the political intelligence of the voters in the six constituencies it proposed to contest in the coming election, said Sarawak PKR Vice-Chairman See Chee How.
The six constituencies are Julau, Selangau, Kanowit, Hulu Rajang, Lubok Antu and Sri Aman.
“That political stand is simply outrageous. It is an insult to the political intelligence of the voters in those constituencies,” he said.
See, who is the Batu Lintang Assemblyman, said that it is the constitutional rights of Larry Sng and his SWP leaders and members to contest in the coming parliamentary election, but the voters in the Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Kanowit, Selangau and Hulu Rajang should be cautioned that SWP is taking them for a ride.
The "fight BN but we are pro-BN’ political stand taken by SWP is simply outrageous," he warned, adding: “The coming general election should be taken very seriously as we have reached the watershed of Malaysian electoral history that all Malaysians eligible voters are to choose between the two political party alliance of BN and Pakatan Rakyat, to form the next government.
“It is a constitutional right to vote which comes with a moral and sacred duty and responsibility, to choose with all wisdom, the right members of parliament to govern the country for the next five years.
“It is morally wrong and politically incorrect to treat election as an avenue to settle personal feuds.
“I can understand the predicament of SWP,” said See, pointing out that the conception and inception of SWP has nothing to do with a political ideology, neither is it founded upon the struggle or aspiration of the people.
He said: “The SWP leaders are all ex-BN and have been with BN for a long time. They landed themselves in the awkward situation of political wilderness after losing the PRS internal squabbles.
“Their core leaders and supporters are those from PRS who depended upon and appealing to others with the BN’s politics of patronage.
“To pledge support for BN on the one hand while contest against PRS on the other hand is to maintain their support from the grassroots, but it is a political suicide for SWP leaders if the BN component parties give their full backing to PRS.
“It is quite inconceivable that any BN leaders supporting SWP will openly voice their backing to the new party. The SWP leaders can only hope that certain BN heavy weights may step forward to help resolve their principally personal feuds, for fear that Pakatan Rakyat may benefit from the BN internal squabbles by winning the seats.
“While the 'sandiwara' of the warring SWP and PRS continues, the people in the six constituencies do not benefit beyond the lavishing feasts organized by them.
“Ultimately, in all these six constituencies, the electoral contest is between BN and Pakatan Rakyat.
“The feud and squabbling within the parties under the UMNO-dominated BN has certainly worsened in the state.
“The BN and the BN Fan Club, the Chinese A Team and B Team, and the inter-party rivalry in certain constituencies have certainly casted a long shadow of doubt upon the capability of the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and BN to govern this country beyond the next general election,” said the PKR leader.
Meanwhile, the move by SWP to be a BN-friendly party has been rejected by the State BN when its Secretary General Stephen Rundi described the decision to contest against PRS as ‘not the right move.’
It was weird, he said, for SWP to declare itself as a BN-friendly party, but at the same time decided to contest in the six constituencies held by PRS, one of the BN component parties.
“How can you call us friends when you are fighting with one of us?” he said.
Meanwhile, the newly elected SWP President Larry Sng has accused PRS of playing ‘bad’ politics in the six constituencies that the party represented and pledged to ‘clean’ those constituencies.
He asked the voters to send SWP candidates to Parliament so that they could represent the people better than PRS.
“PRS style of politics has not benefited the people and we are here to change it,” he was quoted as saying.
He said that government policies have been outlined for the benefit of the people and due to bad politics, planned projects had not been implemented.