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Don’t bully us, says Mawan

 | August 7, 2013

Sarawak BN chairman Taib Mahmud's 'guarantee' that the expelled SPDP assemblymen will remain in the coalition has riled party president William Mawan.

KUCHING: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president William Mawan today took a covert swipe at Chief Minister Taib Mahmud for his assurance to the infamous ‘Gang 5′ that they will remain in Barisan Nasional.

Warning component parties of BN not to interfere, Mawan said: “Don’t bully us all the time.

“We may be small and quite down (now), but just like anybody else we also have hearts and minds of our own,’ he said.

Although Mawan, who is Social Development Minister, did not specifically name any particular party in the state BN coalition, it was obvious he was referring to Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), which of late is seen to be meddling in SPDP affairs.

Taib is PBB and Sarawak BN chairman. Last week he said that he would find a place within BN for the four expelled SPDP elected representatives dubbed as the ‘G5’ members.

He said he would do this as long as they remained loyal to the Barisan Nasional.

Taib made the comment on hearing that the four would join any of the existing BN component parties after SPDP said it would be selective over who it wants to take in.

The four are Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru), Sylvester Entri (Marudi), Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau) and Rosey Yunus (Bekenu). The fifth member is former MP for Mas Gading Tiki Lafe.

They were expelled from SPDP after committing gross indiscipline against the party leadership and constitution in November in 2011.

Taib advised the group not to be in a hurry to join any BN party although the door for their return to SPDP had been closed.

“I think they should not be in a hurry to do so, but my guarantee to them is we don’t kick people out if they are intensely very loyal to BN and we will find some accommodation for them somehow,” Taib had reportedly said.

High degree of  loyalty

Responding to Taib’s remark, Mawan said: “As far as SPDP is concerned, they are against us and we are part of Barisan Nasional.

“I have to say what I have to say; I have to do what I have to do, and you can’t expect me to be talking about people who are not my members.

“They may not be doing damage to BN, but doing damage to the party, and you must understand that SPDP is part of BN.

He said SPDP had done nothing wrong in relation to the five.

“I have been asking myself what have we done wrong or where have we gone wrong. Nothing, I don’t think we can continue to be bullied.

“We have a extremely high degree of loyalty to BN.

“And this is in the name of serving the people. The party exists for this purpose and we are going to stand by that,” Mawan added.

PBB with 35 state elected representatives is the backbone of the state government compared with SPDP which now has only one assemblyman in Mawan. The four state elected representatives who won their seat on the SPDP ticket were expelled and another elected representative Wong Judat quit the party last year.

SPDP, however, has four MPs.


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