Judat ‘blows hot and cold’ on quit decision
Posted on July 31, 2012, Tuesday
KUCHING: Meluan assemblyman Wong Judat yesterday said he was still waiting for the top guns of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) to sit with him to talk about his ultimatum.
When asked for his status, the maverick Wong said he was still as he was, claiming that he had not made any decision yet.
“I am still waiting for the top guns (of SPDP) and we have not talked on anything yet,” he said when contacted in Kuala Lumpur.
In previous reports, Wong stated that he would only be able to make a ‘black and white’ decision on quitting SPDP after meeting party president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom and his deputy Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, and that the deadline was yesterday.
Wong had also lashed out at the media for jumping the gun or preempting that he would be quitting SPDP when he was only stating his intention.
He then clarified that as long there was no black and white about it, he was still very much a Barisan Nasional (BN) man.
It was understood that all three men were in KL yesterday but nobody was sure why and exactly where they were in the nation’s capital.
Wong is a three-term Meluan assemblyman.
He won the seat as an independent in 2001 and joined SPDP in 2003 where he is one of the vice presidents.
Based on what he had told reporters in Kanowit last week, he was to meet Mawan and Tiong King Sing yesterday to explain his move to quit the party and would resign the next day (today) in order to join Sarawak Workers Party (SWP).
The effect of quitting SPDP and joining the opposition is as good as quitting BN because SPDP is a component of the ruling coalition. But even if Wong tenders his resignation from SPDP, the supreme council of the party still has to decide on it.
Wong had said many times previously that he would contest in Julau in the coming parliamentary election if incumbent MP Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum from PRS was re-nominated.
Lately, there have been talks that Wong was having second thoughts and may conjure a U-turn after he had told thesundaypost that the news reports about his quit decision were ‘inaccurate’.
He was quoted to have said that such an important decision could only be confirmed in black and white or through an official letter and “nothing real has happened yet”.
He nonetheless rekindled talks that he had joined SWP when he showed up wearing the party’s uniform with his name inscribed on it during a SWP Pentas Rakyat in Lachau, Sri Aman last Friday night.
If Wong joins SWP, he would be the second assemblyman in the party and make Mawan the only assemblyman in SPDP.