SPDP president given a week to take a position on Joseph Salang's candidacy for the Julau parliamentary seat
Flamboyant Meluan assemblyman and vice president of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party, Wong Judat, issued the ultimatum on Tuesday during a meeting with Mawan.
Either Mawan is with Judat, who is against Salang or he is pro Salang.
Salang, the incumbent MP for Julau and vice president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak, has been nominated by his party to defend the seat which he has represented for three terms.
The ultimatum is placing Mawan in a Catch-22 position as Salang belongs to another party and as such he cannot interfere with PRS affairs.
Sng Chee Hua, the de facto leader of Sarawak Workers Party was said to be among Judat’s aides present at the meeting with Mawan on Tuesday.
Judat was said to have met the state BN secretary general Stephen Rundi and briefed him on his intention to contest against Salang.
“If Salang is still the candidate, Judat will resign from SPDP and join SWP. He will be contesting against Salang,” said the aides.
Mawan cannot stop him from contesting or resigning from SPDP. But Judat leaving SPDP will make Mawan the only state assemblyman in the party. This is his dilemma.
Four others – Peter Nansian, Tasik Biru assemblyman, Sylvester Entri, Marudi assemblyman, Paulus Gumbang, Batu Danau Assemblyman and Rosey Yunus, assemblywoman for Bekenu – were expelled in November last year from SPDP for gross insubordination.
But Mawan’s senior aides said that he will not support Judat at least officially as he does not want to antagonise PRS leaders and supporters.
He fears that PRS will retaliate in the four seats – Mas Gading, Saratok, Baram and Bintulu – that have been allocated to SPDP.
“But if Mawan is joining forces with SWP, SPDP’s four parliamentary seats – Mas Gading, Saratok, Baram and Bintulu – will also be in trouble,” said a senior PRS leader.
Three of the seats, Mas Gading, Saratok and Baram are in danger of falling into the hands of the Opposition. Even in Bintulu SPDP is not that strong any more.
“PRS is certain to retaliate in these four seats,” added the PRS leader.
Regardless of the consequences, Judat is certain to play havoc in Julau. For the past two years, he has been conducting hate campaigns against Salang, whom he regards as an outsider, calling him arrogant and a ‘leech’.
Judat blamed him for the lack of development especially in Meluan as Salang has an annual grant of RM1 million and an aditional of RM500,000 in an election year for the MP’s projects.
Judat even told Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak about Salang during the PM’s Gawai visit to Julau and had asked Salang to be replaced if BN wants to win the Julau seat.
The Prime Minister was stunned because he knows that Salang is serving his constituency well.
Meanwhile, Judat has always been seen at SWP functions either in Julau, Selangau, Kanowit, Lubok Antu or Sri Aman since the party was registered in April this year.
He has been attacking certain leaders in PRS.
“I am not against PRS, SPDP and BN. I’m against Salang as a BN candidate in Julau. That is the issue,” Judat was quoted as saying.