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June 11, 2013

Will SPDP stick by Najib?


SPDP which retained all its four parlaimentary seats in the May 5 GE but was ignored for ministerial positions believes that Prime Minister Najib Razak will not let them down.

PAKAN: The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) which was left out in the cold in the post general election cabinet is hopeful that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will give its leaders posts at federal level.

Party president William Mawan Ikom said the party had complete faith in Najib who is also the Barisan National (BN) chairman. (more…)

May 18, 2013

Angry SPDP members : Why did you drop us, Najib?

Joseph Tawie

Angry SPDP members have called for the party leaders to pull out of BN over its exclusion from the federal cabinet despite delivering four parliamentary seats.

Angry Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) members across the state have been advised to stay calm and allow its party leaders to query Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s decision to drop them from the federal cabinet.

Najib had, on Wednesday, excluded the party from his cabinet list.

SPDP won all its four parliamentary seats – Anthony Nogeh (Mas Gading), William Mawan Ikom (Saratok), Anyi Ngau (Baram) and Tiong King Sing (Bintulu) – and was expecting to be amply rewarded with one full minister and a deputy or at least two deputies. (more…)

May 15, 2013

Did Mawan really beat the odds?

Joseph Tawie
Embattled and coming-from-behind SPDP is now a stronger party, having retained its four parliamentary seats – Saratok, Mas Gading, Baram and Bintulu – despite the odds.

SPDP, an acronym for Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party, was tipped to lose at least three seats – Saratok, Baram and Mas Gading – in the 13th general election.

But the wins have now further strengthened the party and its president William Mawan, who risked reputation and political power when he volunteered to contest the Saratok parliamentary seat.

Saratok and Baram are two of the 27 seats that opposition PKR is studying for electoral irregularities. In Baram SPDP’s Anyi Ngau retained the seat with a 194 vote majority over PKR’s Roland Engan and Independent Patrick Sibat.. (more…)

March 8, 2013

BN’s dilemma in Saratok

Wilfred Pilo

UNTIL the surprise defeat in the last state election in 2011 of Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Peter Nyarok Entrie, who was then Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) deputy president, in Krian, the Saratok parliamentary constituency was a safe seat for the ruling coalition.

Krian and Kalaka are the two state seats that make up the Saratok parliamentary seat.

Nyarok’s loss to Ali Biju of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will, therefore, jeopardise the chances of BN defending Saratok in the coming general election.

Compounding the situation, there are rumblings of discontent over the performance of the incumbent MP Jelaing Mersat, a vice president of SPDP and also Deputy Transport Minister. (more…)

January 17, 2013

SNAP deregistered


Federal Court Upholds ROS’ Decision To De-Register SNAP

The Sarawak National Party (SNAP), a political party formed in 1961, has been deregistered.

A Federal Court five-member panel today, upheld the Registrar of Societies’ (ROS) decision in 2002 to cancel SNAP’s registration, after the party failed to comply with a notice requiring it to produce evidence that its leadership crisis had been settled.

The court allowed ROS’ appeal to overturn the Court of Appeal’s decision in June 2010 restoring SNAP’s registration. (more…)

October 7, 2012

Sarawak Workers Party in troubled waters ?

Dukau Papau

Trouble is said to be brewing in the five-month old Sarawak Workers Party apparently stirred up by financial problems as three members of its supreme council are quitting, an inside source revealed today.

Even some of its potential candidates, including Ellison Ludan, a lecturer tipped to vie against Aaron Dagang in Kanowit are said to be taking the feet off the gas pedal of their political activities for the same reason, he said.

The source said: “Many of its workers and singers accompanying them to longhouses have complained that they have not been paid their promised allowances. (more…)

September 22, 2012

SPDP’s Mawan battles for his political life

Dukau Papau

Social Development Minister William Mawan Ikom, who is also Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president, is in the biggest ‘dilemma’ of his political life, after Meluan assemblyperson Wong Judat and his followers abandoned the party in early September this year.

Judat and his group’s departure was the third stage of mass resignations.

The first was when its secretary-general Sylvester Entri, who is the Marudi assemblyperson was sacked from the party in October last year for gross indiscipline. Several hundreds of Entri’s supporters in Marudi also subsquently resigned.

And the third stage was when three other assemblypersons namely Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Gumbang (Batu Danau) and their supporter left the party one month later as a result of Entri’s expulsion. (more…)

August 29, 2012

Will SNAP ‘succeed’ SPDP in BN?

Joseph Tawie

Sarawak National Party has written to BN chairman Najib Tun Razak to enquire about its membership.

If Sarawak National Party (SNAP) leaders chose to return the party to the Barisan Nasional fold, then it must be prepared to face the wrath of its Central Executive Committee (CEC) who have threatened to resign enmass in protest.

A senior SNAP leader, who delined to be named, told FMT that if SNAP president Stanley Jugol went ahead with his plans, then there will be ‘war’ within the party. (more…)

January 15, 2012

Crisis worsens: SPDP sacks 3 state reps, 1 MP


The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) supreme council members, at a meeting in Kuching, have unanimously agreed to terminate the membership of four elected representatives from the party effective today.

They are Tasik Biru assemblyman Peter Nansian Ngusie, who is also assistant minister of industrial development, Mas Gading member of parliament Tiki Lafe, Bekenu assemblyman Rosey Yunus and Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang.

SPDP president, William Mawan Ikom, said the decision to terminate the party membership of the four elected representatives was made to avoid confusion among grassroots party members and the people on their position in BN. (more…)

October 28, 2011

Masing woos and warns Dayaks

Joseph Tawie

Taking advantage of the internal strive within SUPP and SPDP, another Sarawak BN ally, Parti Rakyat Sarawak, is touting its ‘stability and vision’ to the Dayaks.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) is positioning itself to become the second largest party in the state Barisan Nasional after Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).

Leveraging the ongoing leadership tussle and disillusioned members in Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), PRS is steadfastly wooing the Dayak community with its image of stability and solidarity. (more…)

October 7, 2011

SPDP ‘rebels’ want Mawan to step down

Joseph Tawie

It was one of their moves to save the party, according to a member aligned to the SPDP 5.

The “SPDP 5” and their supporters who met last week are demanding that Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president William Mawan Ikom step down to “save the party”.

“We will be going to Kuala Lumpur next week to meet Prime Minister (Najib Tun Razak) to brief him on what is happening in the party.

“Later, we will submit a letter to Mawan asking him to step down to save the party,” said a member of the group. (more…)

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