‘No-confidence vote reflects SPDP grassroots feelings’

KUCHING: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) Youth and Women’s Wings say that the vote of no confidence by the Women Wing recently is a reflection of the feelings of grassroots members.

In a joint statement sent to The Borneo Post yesterday they said calls by various individuals and groups including certain divisional chairmen through the newspapers and blogs for the Wanita Chief, DatukChiew Yen Chew’s resignation along with some of her committee members for passing that vote of confidence were undemocratic.

“We wish to remind our party members that SPDP is a democratic party, and we should be able to agree to disagree on certain issues and should be able to resolve them including leadership issues in the General Assembly of the party, not in the media. Most divisions have requested for a change in leadership, not just the Wanita Wing. The vote of no-confidence is a reflection of the grassroots’ feelings.” the statement said.

The statement refuted claims by Mawan and some party members that the readmission of the four former party leaders collectively known as G4 was the instruction of Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Haji Satem.

“Dragging the chief minister into party matters is outright naughty and unethical! At a recent meeting with the chief minister, he made it very clear that he does not meddle in Barisan Nasional component parties’ affairs. Neither does the prime minister. This practice of ‘name-dropping’ should be stopped immediately.

At the same meeting, the YAB Tan Sri Adenan suggested that Tan Sri William Mawan be given a chance to explain to members of the Supreme Council for ‘re-instating the G4’ into the party.

He has failed to do this despite requests for him to convene an urgent Supreme Council Meeting.”

Both the Youth and Women’s Wings made an urgent call to Mawan to immediately convene a Supreme Council Meeting and fix a date for the Triennial Delegates Assembly to resolve the issue besting the party.

“The stand taken by Wanita SPDP should never be viewed as an affront to BN. In fact, it is in BN’s best interest that each BN component party maintains a strong leadership with character, integrity and principle. It means a stronger BN! Mawan has failed SPDP on all counts! By ignoring party principles, he has unwittingly dragged BN into party matters. The party, had it got good leadership, would have been able to deal with its own issues”

The statement reiterated that the re-admission of G4 is unconstitutional, thus null and void.

“Contrary to Mawan’s claim, the G4 are not legal members of SPDP. The grassroots are unhappy and angry with the Party leadership. He, of all people, instead of upholding the party constitution has blatantly ignored and turned his back on it.”

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