WELL it finally happened. The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party’s (SPDP) Supreme Council has decided it will censure the party’s so-called Gang of Eight.
They are senior vice-president Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie; vice-presidents Sylvester Entri Muran, Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe and Rosey Yunus; information chief Paulus Gumbang; and supreme council members Peter Gani, George Garai and Eda Igar.
Apparently seven of them have not attended a single supreme council meeting since 2009!
Datuk Peter Nansian attended one meeting last February.
What a pickle. Five of those censured are elected representatives – two are Assistant Ministers!
Tasik Biru assemblyman Nansian is Assistant Minister for Environment and Public Health, Assistant Minister of Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Water Supply) Entri is Marudi assemblyman, Dr Tiki is Mas Gading Member of Parliament, Gumbang is Batu Danau assemblyman and Rosey is Bekenu assemblywoman.
Party President Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom said he would wait for the party’s disciplinary committee report before bringing the matter up with State and Central BN.
The committee chaired by Prof Dr Shafiq Abdullah has 30 days to come up with its findings.
Tan Sri Mawan said the party has provisions in its constitution for action to be taken against any office bearers who fail to attend any supreme council meeting three times in a row.
He also said that he and the Supreme Council had basically run out of patience with the Gang of Eight.
I won’t bother to speculate about the reasons for the ‘Gang’s’ actions.
What I will say is parliamentary elections are just round the corner.
The opposition is just itching for opportunities.
Having divisions within BN parties will just strengthen them.
Surely no one in BN wants that to happen?
The report from Bernama:
Five SPDP Supreme Council Members To Face Disciplinary Action
KUCHING, Sept 13 (Bernama) — Five Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) Supreme Council members will face a disciplinary action for allegedly failing to adhere to party’s rules.
They are senior vice-president Datuk Peter Nansian who is also Tasik Biru assemblyman, Marudi assemblyman Sylvester Entri Muran, Bekenu assemblyman Rosey Yunus, Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang and Member of Parliament for Mas Gading Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe.
“Other Supreme Council members and I have been patience enough for the past two years and it is up to the disciplinary committee to determine the punishment for them,” SPDP president Datuk Seri William Mawan Ikom told reporters after chairing the party’s supreme council meeting here today.
Mawan, who is also State Minister of Social Development and Urbanisation, said he was awaiting a report from the disciplinary committee chaired by Prof Dr Shafiq Abdullah before pursuing the matter with the state and central Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders.
On SPDP’s preparations for the next general election, Mawan said three incumbents, namely MP for Baram Datuk Jacob Dungau Sangan (deputy international trade and industry minister), MP for Saratok Jelaing Mersat (deputy transport minister) and MP for Bintulu Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing would defend their seats.
On Mas Gading parliamentary seat, Mawan said Tiki had yet to inform him whether he wanted to defend the seat.
From The Sun:
SPDP refers Gang of 8 to disciplinary committee
By Sulok Tawie
KUCHING (Sept 13, 2011): Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) has referred the Gang of Eight to the disciplinary committee for their continued absence from the party’s supreme council meeting.
Of the eight senior party leaders, seven failed to attend a single supreme council meeting since 2009; senior vice president Datuk Peter Nansian attended one meeting last February.
The seven are appointed vice-president Sylvester Entrie Muran, and supreme council members Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe, Paulus Gumbang, Rosey Yunus, Peter Gani, George Garai and Eda Igar.
Entrie is an assistant minister of public utilities and state assemblyman for Marudi, Dr Tiki is the Mas Gading member of parliament, Gumbang is the assemblymen for Batu Danau and Rosey, the state assemblyman for Bekenu.
Speaking to reporters after chairing the supreme council meeting yesterday, SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom said the disciplinary committee had been given 30 days to complete its investigation into why the eight had been absent from the meetings.
Mawan, who is also the Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, said the committee will report its findings to the supreme council.
“Based on the findings, the supreme council will decide the type of actions to be taken against them,” he said.
“We have provisions in the party’s constitution that states that action can be taken against any office bearers who fail to attend any supreme council meeting three times in a row,” he said.
The disciplinary committee is chaired by former Universiti of Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) lecturer, Professor Dr Shafiq Abdullah.
The members of the committee are Datuk Francis Wong, Vincent Tan, Theresa Udam and Wendy Trang.