We fully support BN policies, SWP says again
by Churchill Edward firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on June 1, 2012, Friday
KUCHING: The Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) has reiterated its Barisan Nasional-friendly stand.
The newly-launched party also stressed it is a serious political platform and not just founded to exact revenge on BN component Parti Rakyat Sarawk (PRS).
“We are offering ourselves as an alternative to PRS only, and not to the whole of the ruling coalition, like the Pakatan Rakyat. We fully support the BN’s policies but what we are fighting against is the ‘bad politics’ practised by PRS,” said SWP Katibas division chairman David Munan.
He claimed that SWP was set up following complaints from constituents represented by PRS that projects were not implemented, promises not fulfilled and that there lacked consultation between PRS representatives and the people.
David was responding to remarks by PRS Women’s publicity chief Nancy Freda John that SWP is all about “greed and vengeance”.
Constituents in PRS-held seats need help urgently, said David, and SWP would field replacements who would not think they are towkays when elected, nor would they be vindictive by stopping the welfare aid of the less fortunate who have a different political allegiance.
“If we are not BN-friendly, we would contest in seats held by other BN component parties, where we believe we also have strong support. One such seat is Kapit, the home town of our president Larry Sng, where we have about 10,000 members out of the total 14,000 voters in the parliamentary seat,” said David, adding that SWP is not greedy.
“Only time will tell but past records have proved that we are not. For instance, our president Larry Sng, had he been so desperate for political power, would have contested in Pelagus in the last state election and he would have won hands down. But our president believes that political power is not for self-glory but rather, as a means to bring betterment to the people,” he pointed out.
“It is our hope that our foray in the parliamentary election as a free fight between SWP and PRS, would be like the one held during the 1983 state election between SNAP (Sarawak National Party) and the now defunct PBDS (Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak).”
He added that SWP was not out to split the Dayak community.
“If there’s ever desire, it is the desire to help the people, nothing more and nothing less. The past political and personal feuds have no bearing any more. Our prime mover Datuk Sng Chee Hua is not even an office bearer of the party, so there’s no justification to accuse him of using the party to settle scores,” he said.
“All Dayaks leaders have to ask themselves honestly and do some soul searching. To put the blame squarely on SWP is unrealistic and also shows their political naivety.”