Larry Sng leaves all options open
Posted on June 11, 2012, Monday
BINTULU: Larry Sng, who heads Sarawak Workers Party (SWP), has not discounted the possibility of contesting in Selangau in the coming 13th general election.
“I have always stated my position very clear. If the people need me to serve the area, then I’ll offer myself. But of course this is also dependent upon the party’s assessment of support on the ground.”
He said this yesterday after a meet-the-people session at Rumah Clement Sipang, Mile 5 Bintulu-Tatau Road. Pelagus assemblyman George Lagong, who is SWP deputy president, was also present.
Sng said he was aware the going would be tough, but at the end of the day it is the people’s voice which determines whom they wanted as their leader.
The MP for Selangau is Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, who is also Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development. Recently, Entulu said the ‘intrusion’ of SWP into Selangau had angered the Dayak community who viewed the move as dividing the community.
Entulu added that of late there had been a swing of support to the BN in Selangau.
“There is not much to be said on my part. The real voice is the people, and I think they have spoken loud and clear.
“What he has done over the last five terms, three as assemblyman and two as MP, is for all to see. No matter what he does in the last two months would not make much impact. At the end of the day, let’s just wait until the election. Let the people vote and you will see from there what the people think of Joseph Entulu.”
Sng claimed they had a few candidates in mind for every single seat they wanted to contest in, and their names would be released when the time was right.
“So, we will have to wait until the time comes closer to the day of the election before we determine the best and the most suitable candidates for the six areas to be contested.”
Among the six areas which SWP are eyeing are Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Kanowit, Hulu Rejang and Selangau – all PRS’s seats.
Sng said they would make sure that all the potential candidates’ background be assessed accordingly.
“We will make sure that these candidates are people with integrity and some capability as well because they represent the party. We want to make sure that this party will have a good image and deliver results to the people,” he said, adding that this was
what made SWP different from PRS.
In other related development, he said they have not approached the partyless five, who were sacked from SPDP, to join SWP.
“At the moment we don’t have any intention either to do so. This is a non issue at all.”
Sng added that SWP members had been moving on the ground for a number of months already.
“As far as SWP campaign strategy is concerned, it is an ongoing effort, not by one but several groups.
“We are only targeting PRS seats as there is no intention to fight other BN (Barisan Nasional) component parties.”
Yesterday’s gathering was Sng’s first ever campaign in Selangau and they would be heading to Lubuk Antu and other constituencies later.
“Tomorrow (today) I will be going to Kapit and Baleh to see the situation there and other areas as well.”
Earlier, in his speech, Sng urged the people to use their power to replace incapable representatives, particularly in Selangau.
“There is nothing wrong with the government, but it is the representative who is not efficient.”