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Lawan pays political price for backing father

 | September 23, 2013

Embarrassed at being snubbed by the delegates, the Balai Ringin assemblyman left early for home without attending the conclusion of the party's third TGM.

SIBU: Two-term Balai Ringin assemblyman Snowdan Lawan’s failed bid to win one of the 15 supreme council seats in Parti Rakyat Sarawak’s (PRS) triennial general meeting (TGM) in Sibu over the weekend is a bitter pill to swallow.

The party’s 216 delegates seem to have punished him for supporting his father Donald who contested against a PRS-Barisan Nasional candidate Masir Kujat in the Sri Aman constituency in the May parliamentary polls.

Does this mean that Lawan’s political future has come to an end? There are also those who see this as the end of the road for him.

Of the 26 who vied for the 15 posts, Lawan was reported to have obtained the least number of votes from delegates.

Embarrassed at being snubbed by the delegates, Lawan left early for Kuching and did not attend the grand dinner organised to celebrate the successful conclusion of the party’s third TGM.

It is understood that Lawan has been offered a post in the party.

The 2013 parliamentary polls was a test to Lawan’s loyalty to the party. But forced to chose between party and his father, Lawan went for the latter knowing full well the repercussions to his political life.

“Snowdan (Lawan) has to bear the consequences of his father’s action, as well as his own action in supporting his father.

“In fact Snowdan’s (Lawan) political future is finished, and it is very likely that he may be dropped in the coming state election due in early 2016,” said a senior PRS leader who did not wish to be identified.

Soured ties

Party president James Masing had received reports and evidence that Lawan who was also PRS deputy secretary-general had campaigned for his father, who stood as an independent, in the polls.

Lawan was allegedly seen going around with his father and discrediting the BN.

And the fact that he never turned up at PRS events in Sri Aman despite being invited had also raised doubt about his sincerity towards incumbent Kujat and his loyalty to the party.

Even Lawan’s once strong supporters are now not only shying away from him, but want him to be replaced in the coming election, said the senior leader.

“For now the party will not expel him, but his relationship with the party leadership will not be the same as it were,” he said.


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