Allegations against SNAP baseless, says senior veep

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Johnny Wong Sie Lee

SIBU: Allegations that SNAP’s recent triennial general assembly (TGA) is illegal have drawn brickbats from one of its senior leaders.

Senior vice-president Johnny Wong Sie Lee described the allegations as baseless as “the Registrar of Societies (ROS) had been duly informed about their TGA”.

He claimed that they had all the while stuck by the party’s constitution, and would continue to do so to ensure the party continue to thrive and grow.

“If we are unconstitutional and illegal as alleged, ROS would have been hot on our heels. We do not want to make headlines for the wrong reasons,” Wong told thesundaypost yesterday.

He was reacting to news carried by The Borneo Post yesterday, which wrote that party members were making a beeline to ROS, alleging irregularities in the party.

The news quoted sources as saying that the latest complaints were related to the party’s TGA which was held last Jan 15.

It added that a faction led by presidential hopeful Michael Lias was in the process of making their way to ROS as they claimed that the TGA was unconstitutional and illegal.

Unperturbed by the development, Wong responded: “He (Lias) is no longer our member. As far as we are concerned, being an outsider, he can say or do what he likes.”

Wong reiterated that they had conducted the TGA according to the party’s constitution.

The TGA saw Edmund Stanley Jugol made the party’s new president as Edwin Dundang did not seek re-election.

On another matter, Wong stressed that the party needed more young blood to propel it forward and bring back the glory days.

“SNAP’s door is always open to young people, who have keen interest in politics to join us and continue the party’s struggles.”

SNAP fielded 26 candidates during the 10th state election last year, but all of them lost.

According to the Election Commission (EC), from the 672,667 (68.66 per cent) registered voters who turned up to cast their vote, SNAP garnered only 15,663 votes (2.33 per cent).

SNAP was deregistered by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) in 2002, but given a new lease of life when they won the appeal in 2010 after the Court of Appeal set aside ROS’ decision.