WELL SPDP President Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom has pulled out the big guns in his battle with the so-called SPDP 5.
He scored himself a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and had the obligatory pictures taken to prove that the DPM has his back.
He apparently also got the DPM to say that an event in Ulu Teru this Sunday should continue because it is a BN do.
Prior to this, longhouse chiefs in the area had actually told Tan Sri Mawan to stay away and cancel the event because they said he would cause confusion and divisions among the people.
Ulu Teru is in Marudi, which is the state assembly seat of Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran, SPDP vice-president and one of the errant five.
The others are senior vice-president Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, vice-presidents Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe and Rosey Yunus, and information chief Paulus Palu Gumbang.
A statement from Tan Sri Mawan’s camp said that “Any resistance to the Ulu Teru function is tantamount to obstructing BN and the people’s programme and deemed a blatant anti-BN action.”
Well we’ll just have to see how the drama unfolds this Sunday.
At the end of the day all parties should put ego aside and realise that this bickering is not helping the people they have supposedly vowed to serve.
The story from The Borneo Post:
Ulu Teru show must go on
By Churchill Edward
KUCHING: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has advised Barisan Nasional (BN) members and supporters in Baram to attend the controversial leaders-meet-the-people function in Ulu Teru in Marudi on Oct 23.
He clarified that the function was BN-sponsored and the visit to Rumah Henry Chaling Gomez in Ulu Teru was in fact to be made by BN national vice-chairman Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, who is also SPDP president and Minister of Social Development, and Baram MP Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan.
Muhyiddin’s advice was relayed by Paul Igai, the political secretary to the Chief Minister, through a press statement yesterday, following Mawan’s courtesy call on Muhyiddin in Putrajaya.
Mawan was accompanied by Sagan, who is also Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, SPDP secretary-general Nelson Balang Rining, deputy president Datuk Peter Nyarok Entrie and vice president Jelaing Mersat, who is also Saratok MP and Deputy Transport Minister.
In advising all BN members and leaders to attend the Ulu Teru function, Muhyiddin pointed out that Sagan was not only a Deputy Minister but also an MP who oversees the state constituencies of Marudi and Telang Usan.
The statement added: “Any resistance to the Ulu Teru function is tantamount to obstructing BN and the people’s programme and deemed blatant anti-BN action.
“We (state BN) already have the blessings from the Deputy Prime Minister to proceed with the Baram visit.”
The statement also mentioned that invitations to all relevant elected representatives were a non-issue.
“Moreover, the assemblyman for Marudi (Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran) has been duly informed and invited,” the statement said.
Entri’s name was mentioned in the statement because he is Marudi assemblyman and quite a number of people, including Tuai Rumah, from Marudi have asked Mawan not to visit Ulu Teru on Oct 23 as his presence would be disruptive to the party.
But Entri has already come out to say that he had got nothing to do with the action by this group of people, and added that he could not halt members who wanted to express their thoughts.
Entri and four other elected representatives, namely, Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie (Tasik Biru assemblyman), Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe (Mas Gading MP), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu assemblywoman) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau assemblyman) are currently at loggerheads with Mawan.
On Oct 12, this SPDP 5 announced in Kuching that they have “no confidence and have lost faith” in Mawan’s leadership.
The call to Mawan not to set foot on Ulu Teru has thus far been frowned upon by members from several SPDP divisions and branches.
They described the ban as extreme and nonsensical because Mawan is a state minister and thus could visit any place in the state.
The Star’s take on things:
Mawan: Focus on bigger picture
By Raynore Mering
KUCHING: SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan hopes that members of his party, particularly those who may not see eye to eye with him, will rise above their differences in preparing for the general election.
“We should not think that everything someone does is laced with poison. We have to be able to look at the bigger picture, particularly now when the polls could be soon.
“We have to rise above the current situation,” he told The Star yesterday when asked of attempts to sabotage his official functions in several longhouses in Ulu Teru, Baram, a few days ago.
He said the party’s leadership had consulted Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin about the Baram visit and the latter had given his blessing to carry on with it as part of the preparation for the polls.
Mawan, who is also a vice-chairman of Barisan Nasional, had visited the area with Baram MP Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan and Barisan supporters. Jacob is a senior vice-president of SPDP.
Besides Jacob, SPDP’s other parliamentarians are vice-presidents Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe (Mas Gading) and Jelaing Mersat (Saratok) and treasurer-general Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (Bintulu).
Meanwhile, Mawan said he was grateful that Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud did not see the conflicts in SPDP as a crisis.
“What the CM said is true. I really don’t know what and where I have gone wrong,” he said.
Taib had said on Monday that the conflict in SPDP was only a difference of opinion among the top leadership and there was nothing to worry about .
“It is not a crisis. SPDP is still a very united party on the ground. But probably there is some rivalry at the leadership level,” said Taib.
Mawan has been at loggerheads with five SPDP elected representatives since January last year following his decision to make changes to the party’s supreme council.
He did not reappoint Marudi assemblyman Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran as the secretary- general and this led to the latter’s walkout from a supreme council meeting.
Joining Sylvester were Dr Tiki, senior vice-president Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie (Tasik Biru assemblyman), and vice-presidents Rosey Yunus (Bekenu assemblyman) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau assemblyman).
Two months ago, the SPDP supreme council referred the disatisfied elected representatives, who have been dubbed the SPDP 5, to an independent disciplinary committee after they failed to turn up for supreme council meetings since the walkout.
The situation took a turn for the worse when last week, the SPDP 5 held a press conference in which they declared that they had lost confidence in Mawan in solving the party’s conflict.
Mawan has been steering clear of making comments directly about the disciplinary inquiry since the committee had not completed its job.
The SPDP 5 are now awaiting a decision from the party’s supreme council and it would not be a surprise if they are expelled.