KUCHING: SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan yesterday expressed dismay over party Wanita chief Datuk Chiew Yen Chew’s call for a vote of no confidence against him.
Mawan, who is Barisan Nasional (BN) vice chairman, initially did not want to wash dirty linen in public but when pressed further by reporters at the sideline of the state legislative assembly, he pointed out that Wanita SPDP is the first ever women wing in the country to take such an action.
As much as he encourages freedom of expression and democracy, Mawan yesterday appeared to imply that such display of disrespect was not politically correct.
The Social Development Minister said he was disappointed with the wing for disagreeing to the re-admission of four former party leaders into SPDP because earlier on they were among the party members who agreed and consented to the readmission of the four at a meeting with Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem.
He said he was surprised because he thought that the wing exco members were “good people” but little did he realise that they would turn their back on him.
“I have spoken to them (dissenting Wanita exco members) with the aim to explain (on the readmission of the four former leaders) but later on they took an unreasonable action,” said Mawan, who is also Pakan assemblyman and Saratok MP.
“Due to their action, they are now responsible for it because if you (Wanita wing exco members) call yourselves leaders, then you should have seen clearly (the consequences),” he said.
Mawan added that, if they (dissenting Wanita wing exco members) do not treasure unity within the BN frame work, then they need to consider getting out of BN.
As there is no issue which could not be settled between him and the wing, Mawan said he believed the wing is part of a bigger agenda of some party leaders.
He was responding to recent news report which quoted a party insider as claiming that 20 of the SPDP Wanita held a meeting chaired by their chief Datuk Chiew Yen Chew at a hotel in April 25, during which 18 of those present wanted Mawan out.
They were said to be unhappy with Mawan for re-admitting the Group of Four (G4), comprising four assemblymen who were sacked by the party for gross insubordination in November 2011 and January 2012.
Prior to yesterday, several SPDP divisional chiefs also expressed their dismay at Chiew and some of her exco members in calling for the vote of no confidence against Mawan.
To another query by reporters yesterday, Mawan said he had no qualms if Adenan, who is also state BN chairman, wished to intervene in settling problems besetting SPDP.
“I have no problem with the CM intervening in SPDP affairs in his capacity as the state BN chief and as long it is for the good of the BN as a whole.
“I believe he would not like to see any crisis to prolong in SPDP,” he pointed out.
Mawan said he believed the current crisis would pass on and that Adenan was capable of settling the issues splitting the party.