Hornbill Unleashed

June 16, 2010

SNAP to know fate soon

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By FMT

The Sarawak National Party (SNAP) will know its fate next month when the Court of Appeal convenes to decide on its application against deregistration. The much-awaited decision will determine the course which the state’s oldest political party, representing the Dayaks, will next take.

Said SNAP secretary-general Stanley Jugol: “The court will decide at the end of next month.

“Our members are anxiously waiting for the ruling on our application against the decision to deregister the party. I think we have a better chance now because there will be three judges hearing our case.”

SNAP was deregistered by the Registrar of Society (ROS) in November 2002 after the party failed to resolve a protracted leadership crisis between the then party president James Wong and his challenger William Mawan Ikom.

Its appeal against the ROS’ decision was dismissed by the High Court. The Court of Appeal is its final recourse.

“In the event the decision of the Court of Appeal goes against us, then we may consider forming a new party. It could be SNAP Baru,” said Jugol.

While Wong has since resigned as SNAP president and retired from politics, Mawan has formed his own party, the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

The SPDP is being wooed by another political party, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), which wants to further consolidate the Dayak community in view of the impending state election.

If the merger goes through, the two parties would form a strong alliance with its 17 state assemblymen and 10 MPs.

Meanwhile, SNAP has formalised its ties with Pakatan Rakyat in the hope of further strengthening its base. The party is still well regarded among the Dayak despite its internal strife.

Errant deputy

On the situation of the party’s errant deputy SNAP president Ting Ling Kiew, Jugol said the central executive committee (CEC) will meet next month to decide.

Ting broke ranks with the party last April when he decided to throw his support behind Barisan Nasional candidate, Malcolm Mussen, in the Batang Ai by-election last year.

SNAP was supporting Pakatan-PKR candidate Jawah Gerang.

Ting together with two others were subsequently suspended for their “prejudicial” activities against the party and Pakatan candidate.

Ting later questioned the legitimacy of his suspension, saying it was not done in accordance with the party’s constitution.

In the Sibu by-election last month, Ting once again campaigned for the BN candidate Robert Lau Hui Yew and called on all SNAP members to do the same.

On the other side, SNAP president Edwin Dundang and Jugol campaigned for the Pakatan candidate Wong Ho Leng (DAP).

The discord showed up on the ground as rural Dayaks were left confused.

Ting has since accused Dundang and Jugol of arbitrarily agreeing to SNAP joining the Pakatan coalition without consulting the members.

He said the CEC and the national council committee must discuss the issue first before it could join the opposition coalition.

Said Jugol: “The CEC will decide on Ting’s fate at its meeting most likely next month after our court case. We have received a letter from him and it will be discussed. It will be up to the committee whether to continue his suspension or sack him.”

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4 Comments »

  1. By now the British Foreign Office would have declassified those papers.

    Maybe there isn’t any juicy stuff in it!

    Comment by Watcha — June 17, 2010 @ 12:35 PM | Reply

  2. SNAP still has to get rid of its trojan horse in Ting Ling Kiu, a political prostitute.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — June 16, 2010 @ 8:38 PM | Reply


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