Hornbill Unleashed

December 23, 2011

Sarawak’s BN in dilemma !

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Joseph Tawie

Defiant Mas Gading MP Tiki Lafe’s insistence on defending his seat will benefit the opposition.

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) will not give up its Mas Gading parliamentary seat. It will instead nominate a new candidate for the constituency.

The Mas Gading parliamentary seat is currently held by Dr Tiki Lafe who was formerly a SPDP vice-president.

Lafe, who is a member of the infamous SPDP 5 who defied party president William Mawan, was stripped off his post recently.

Mawan today confirmed that the party will be fielding another candidate for the Mas Gading seat in the next general election.

He said the name will be forwarded to the chairman of Barisan Nasional for endorsement.

SPDP has four allocated parliamentary seats – Mas Gading, Saratok, Baram and Bintulu – in accordance with the spirit of Barisan Nasional.

Lafe meanwhile has said on Wednesday, that he will defend his seat in the 13th general election.

To this Mawan said : “I cannot prevent Tiki (Lafe) from contesting.

“If that is his choice (to contest), then I cannot stop him. It is up to him to contest as an independent candidate.”

Najib and Taib will decide

Mawan said SPDP has identifed two candidates for the Mas Gading seat.

Lafe, who has served the constituency for three terms, said he will defend the seat “with or without the blessing” of SPDP.

“As I am the sitting MP of Mas Gading and the chairman of Mas Gading coordinating committee, I will defend my seat with or without the blessing of the party,” he told reporters here.

He said that his candidacy does not defend on SPDP, but on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who is the national chairman of Barisan Nasional and on Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, both of whom have the final say in fielding or dropping him in the next election.

Lafe warned other BN party members not to lobby to be candidates for Mas Gading because he is still around as BN’s elected representative in the constituency.

“As I am still around as the MP for the Mas Gading, those who are moving around should stop their activities.

“Such activities are tantamount to subverting me as the rightful elected representative,” he said.

Rift in Mas Gading

Lafe’s insistence on defending the seat with or without the blessing of SPDP may raise some problems for the BN.

“It will be very difficult for the Barisan Nasional to make a decision.

“Supporting Tiki (Lafe) will mean that SPDP will be ‘out’ of BN at least in the constituency and not supporting Tiki will mean that he is going to contest as independent candidate.

“Whatever it is, and whoever is using the BN ticket, the Mas Gading seat which voters are mostly Bidayuhs is heading for a major split,” said a Bidayuh politician.

“This will greatly enhance the chance of the opposition in the area,” he said.

He pointed out that the opposition has been actively campaigning for the seat in the past one year or so.

“The opposition members have been visiting the villages almost nightly,” he added.

Lafe and four other elected representatives known as Rentap or G5 (group of 5) have crossed paths with Mawan since the beginning of last year.

The prolonged crisis led to the expulsion of the G5 leader Sylvester Entri from the party and the dropping of Lafe from the list of candidates for the coming election.

Other members of the G5 are Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru Assemblyman), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Gumbang (Batu Danau).

Besides Entri, who was expelled from the party, the rest have kicked themselves out from the party and have formed what they called the ‘Barisan committee’.


  1. Dr Tiki cannot win if he stands against a new SPDP candidate. Take note there are always more people not satisfied than those who care to understand so they always want to try a new wakil.

    Comment by Pelaki Budung — January 1, 2012 @ 8:02 AM | Reply

  2. The whole problem in Mas Gading/Tiki/SPDP scenario is due to what can be described as a weakness on the part of Mawan, president of SPDP. He has allowed those who openly opposed him to continue unresolved. It should have been resolved sooner. Either to sack them all or to bring them back with face saving all round. Now there is no turning back the clock. There is Entri who has been sacked openly defying him and setting up a Entri-BN fortress in Marudi/Baram. And in Mas Gading Tiki is openly challenging by saying he would defend his seat with or without SPDP. And Nansen has declared his support for the Group of 5 including Tiki which will mean he would defend and support Tiki in contesting for Mas Gading. Should the latter were to contest as an Independent Nansen would support him too notwithstanding he is an Assistant Minister in Taib’s Cabinet. That would mean, unless Nansen is sacked by Taib should that development comes to pass, Taib would be tacitly supporting Tiki in the face of objection from Mawan, SPDP’s president. A very chaotic situation indeed for BN.

    Given the premise aforesaid maybe it is not too late for Mawan to swallow some pride and take back all the Group of 5 back to the party. Or if he is bent on removing them he should apply the formula that PRS took in respect of Larry Sng, and fast. Then at at Branch level of Tasik Biru and Opar constituencies, 2 state seats in the Mas Gading Parliamentary Constituency, election of new office bearers should be done to take charge as Nansen and his committee is technically no more with the party.

    In this Mawan must realize that although he is President of SPDP he is powerless with 4 elected assemblymen opposed to him. In other word to all intent and purpose he is the sole representative of SPDP in the Dewan Undangan Negeri presently. So when it comes to reckoning the BN top leadership would surely prefer to side with the bigger number, in this case, the Group of 5. Thus if Nansen and the Group of 5 supports Tiki to be a candidate for BN for Mas Gading perceivably BN leadersip would make Tiki will be the BN candidate for Mas Gading. And this state of affairs will greatly weaken BN. It will be worst case scenario for Mawan to appoint another person to be a candidate in waiting before taking the step to completely remove Tiki and Nansen from BN. Could he do that without shooting himself in the foot, sort of?

    The more one looks at it Mawan has lost the mantle of a leader for BN-SPDP. The most logical thing for him to do so as to prevent further losses, this time, to BN, is for him to resign or work out a exit strategy with CM. A clear recomendation is for him to follow the path taken by Datuk Endawie of SNAP in the late ’70s – be a High Commissioner to New Zealand for 3 years or so, and goodbye!. Otherwise the more he tries to lead the worst it would be for SPDP-BN in Mas Gading, and with no certainty that adverse result would not come to pass in Bintulu and Baram as well.

    In concluding may it be said that perhaps Mawan is receiving back the very same thing he did to SNAP, the very party that made him a leader in the first place,which he caused, or contributed to, its deregistration, or perhaps his curse?

    Comment by politicbaulundu — December 27, 2011 @ 6:18 PM | Reply

    • Who cares if BN is annihilated and becomes the opposition in Parliament. I have had enough of BN bullshit. My conscience says enough is enough. Dayaks will no longer be subservient to BN anymore.

      Comment by Billy Nelson — December 29, 2011 @ 7:41 PM | Reply


    BN’ dilemma is also Sarawak’ s dilemma. How do we get rid of this pack of parasites?

    Comment by AMAN — December 23, 2011 @ 3:09 PM | Reply

  4. Tiki Lafe think that it is God given right to be Mas Gading assemblyman.

    Comment by Colin Ubeh (@swknative) — December 23, 2011 @ 10:54 AM | Reply

  5. I believe the main tussle in Mas Gading will, should Tiki contest as an Independent Candidate as he has said he would (although he has said he would be “nominated” to be a candidate by Najib and Taib), between Tiki supported by YB Nansen of the Group of 5, the SPDP appointed candidate, and the oppositions. The latter if split will become nothing in the reckon because of money power that will come through YB Nansen from sources close to the State’s Centre of Power.In the Tasik Biru Constituency side Tiki will be supported by the sentiment of Jagoi v Singai, that is, in the vent SPDP goes ahead with nominating a person from that area to be a BN candidate. Rumours are rife that such will be the case. In the Opar constituency, one other of the two constituencies beside Tasik Biru aforesaid in Mas Gading Parliamentary Constituency the contest will realy split two (2) ways: oppositions and BN. Tiki’s clout will not match BN’s machineries and money power there especially among the Slakau and Lala Tribes. In the final analysis BN will lose Mas Gading in the above scenario. To be sure the real fight will be between YB Nansen and the SPDP-BN candidate from Singai over the 4000 plus votes in the two polling districts: Addis and Singai. That will determine the outcome. The sizeable approximately 4000 votes of the Chinese are forgone conclusion, like the last State General Election, will go to oppositions. And for opposition to win in Mas Gading constituency it will need merely 1500 votes from the native. The bikering among members of BN component will surely be a boon to oppositions this time round. But fortunately or unfortunately, depending on which perspective one is looking at it, there is no turning back of the bikering anytime soon.

    Comment by politicbaulundu — December 23, 2011 @ 8:47 AM | Reply

  6. Lafe, Jelaing,and Dungu, can close shop. The people of Mas Gading, Saratok and Baram have had enough of these useless leeches and Taib.s ball lickers.

    Comment by Mandela — December 23, 2011 @ 8:25 AM | Reply

  7. Anyone links to Taib M or Najib can go to hell for all we care

    Comment by KEP — December 23, 2011 @ 6:27 AM | Reply

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