Sunday, November 28

Mawan: SPDP doesn’t mind swapping seats


KUCHING: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) does not mind changing or swapping seats if that is what it takes to ensure a win for the Barisan Nasional (BN).

Dato Sri William Mawan

Its president Dato Sri William Mawan stressed yesterday that SPDP’s priority in the next state election was to ensure BN’s victory.

Mawan made the remark when asked whether SPDP had lined up its candidates for the polls after he attended the Deepavali Open House event of SPDP Pending at Dewan Masyarakat RPR Batu Kawa here.

“We have our traditional seats and we have our incumbents. At the moment we are sticking to them.

“Incumbents will be recommended to defend their seats and we have prepared them for the elections.

“We have the areas but we don’t mind swapping or exchanging areas so long a Barisan wins. That is the most important thing,” Mawan stressed.

When asked whether SPDP had received suggestions to swap or exchanged seats, Mawan said there were no suggestions but the party was open to suggestions.

“Other people are welcome to point to us areas which they think we could defend better, and we will take them into consideration.

“If other people, groups or candidates in our area feel that they could defend Barisan seats better than SPDP, please suggest, we are open,” he said.

Under the current seat arrangement, SPDP has eight seats out of the 71, while Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) has 35, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) – 19 and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) – nine.

Mawan, who is Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, said he was expecting good election results for the BN in the next state election provided there was strong cooperation among BN components and supporters.

He also said it was important for all BN component parties to support each other, especially in mobilising people for the BN.

Commenting on the support of the Indians towards the BN, he said it was very positive.

He hoped the Indians though a minority would continue to support the BN.