Hornbill Unleashed

July 31, 2014

Now Tiong ready to work with PRS

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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Datuk Seri Tiong King SingJoe Fernandez

Merger talks were called off just as abruptly after rumours began circulating that “a certain personality” was against the idea.

SPDP Interim President Tiong King Sing has declared that he has a more positive feeling now and confirmed speculation that he was ready to work with PRS in any way that could strengthen both parties.

He stopped short of saying that both parties would resume merger talks. However, he expressed support for the merger idea, “contrary to allegations by certain quarters”.

“I was accused of blocking the merger after some people said that SPDP and PRS couldn’t merge because of me,” fumed Tiong who is also Bintulu MP. “It seems that when something goes wrong, it’s always Tiong’s fault.”

On the other hand, he claimed, that others were also taking credit when things go right even though they had nothing to do with them.

Explaining the merger allegations, he named several defectors from the party now with Teras as the ones responsible for “sabotaging the merger talks with PRS”.

Tiong was touching on widespread speculation since June 21 that SPDP would resume merger talks soon. That was the day he appeared in public together with PRS President James Masing and SUPP Present Peter Chin to announce a “merger of the minds” between the two parties and SUPP in facing the next state election expected in 2016.

Returning to his “positive feeling” theme, he attributed it to the party being strong enough to attract more members including professionals and the new generation, and added that those who left for Teras were no great loss.

“We have no crisis in the party,” said Tiong. “The party is still intact. Those who had left us but saying bad things about us are mabuk diri (self-intoxicated).”

SPDP, PRS have common roots in the deregistered Sarawak National Party (SNAP)

The merger talks first began in 2005 after both parties formed committees to take the idea further. The media reported in 2007 that several names had been shortlisted for the merged entity. The talks were called off just as abruptly after rumours began circulating that “a certain personality” was against the merger proposal.

The merger idea completely died out after the party sacked senior leaders dubbed the Group of Five, in two batches, Nov 2011 and Jan 2012, for bringing the party into public disrepute and contempt. The Group which subsequently returned to the party is now with Teras along with William Mawan, SPDP President, since elected Teras Chief.

Both SPDP and PRS have common roots in the deregistered Sarawak National Party (SNAP) which gave Sarawak its first Chief Minister. SPDP broke away from SNAP, in the footsteps of an earlier breakaway, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS). PRS is a breakaway of PBDS which was also deregistered.



  1. Merger? Don’t hold your breath that it will ever happen. Everybody wants to be BIG CHIEF. Nobody wants to be LITTLE INDIAN.

    Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — August 3, 2014 @ 12:05 AM | Reply

  2. SPDP is a mosquito party and will die a natural death

    Comment by tigerykey — July 31, 2014 @ 11:30 AM | Reply

    • Please Dont under estimate “mosquitoes”, it could cause dengue fever lah.

      Comment by tiuniamah — July 31, 2014 @ 11:36 AM | Reply

    • SPDP mosquitoes can cause havoc and teras knows that. If SPDP,PRS and SUPP stand firm on their objections to Teras being accepted into BN, what can PBB do?

      The downfall of PBB depends very much on PBB’s next moves and they better be on the side of the majority or else the Dayaks in PBB will have to jump ship and join SPDP and PRS if they want to save their arse!

      But then again, taib and PBB are well and truly rich to be able to turn the table in their favour. A few well placed Million$ might do the job and that might just be what SPDP,PRS and SUPP top guns objections are all about, afterall sleeping with the enemy is part and partial of politics!

      Comment by Brian — July 31, 2014 @ 5:04 PM | Reply

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