Tuesday, June 15

Sacked wakil rakyat great pretenders — Brandah

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MORE JOINING SPDP: Capt Zainuddin (third left, front row) receiving the new membership applications from Brandah. Also seen is Asing (second left, front row) and David Jiku (right, front row).

KOTA SAMARAHAN: SPDP Muara Tuang Division has described the actions of the five elected representatives sacked from the party recently as ‘piggy riding’ on the back of the Barisan Nasional (BN) for personal gains.

During its triennial general meeting (TGM) here on Sunday, its chairman Edward Brandah Madi said he believed the five were still clinging onto BN as they wanted to keep their ministerial or GLC-linked positions.

He opined that technically when they were sacked, they should be allowed to remain as mere elected representatives and confine their activities to only serving the people.

Brandah, who said this in his welcoming speech, was referring to Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe and assemblypersons Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie (Tasik Biru), Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran (Marudi), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau).

“We may be just grassroots members but we can read their movements. We can also see wolves in sheepskins. They are pretending to serve their own constituents but all along they are politicking and colluding with the people to go against the party or other BN component parties.

“We want their ministerial and GLC-linked posts be stripped from them, otherwise, they are just piggy riding on the BN.”

Brandah said he believed the majority of SPDP members were with the party, which is a “disciplined and steady party”.

He pointed out that new membership applications that kept pouring in meant SPDP remained seen as a relevant political party.

Last Friday, party president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom said he had no qualms with the sacked elected representatives continuing to serve their respective constituents, so long as they confined themselves to serving them (constituents) only.

But their politicking, in the pretext of serving the people, would undermine BN solidarity, Mawan said.

“What we cannot tolerate is their negative politicking because it would not only undermine BN election preparations but also the party’s reconsolidation process. They should confine their activities to serving the people until nomination day. If that is the case, then we have no problem with it.”

Before their sacking for gross insubordination, the five were at loggerheads with Mawan for almost two years.

Meanwhile, the SPDP Muara Tuang TGM resolved that party president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom be returned to the helm unopposed during the party’s triennial general assembly (TGA) in Bintulu on March 18.

The meeting on Sunday saw Brandah returned unopposed as division chairman. Its former vice chairman (VC) I David Jiku was elected unopposed as division deputy chairman, while former VC II Luho Entai was elected unopposed as VC I.

Sandai Batan, Bungang Lidi, Bakil Saban, Redan Jelan and Edmund Punggi were elected committee members.

Appointed posts went to Alon Tair (VC II), Reggie Timpon (VC III), David Goh Bu Seng (treasurer), Faith Chau Kamis (assistant treasurer), Churchill E. Drem (secretary), Dustin Sagih (assistant secretary), and Gopal A/L Parumal (information chief).

One of their resolutions was to accept former deputy chairman Alexander Asing Sadai’s resignation from the division as the latter will be moving to the northern region.

The TGM was declared opened and closed by SPDP supreme council member Capt Zainuddin Tan Sri Hamdan, who also functioned as the southern region’s liaison officer.

Brandah, on behalf of SPDP Muara Tuang which has over 300 members, handed over 70 membership applications to Capt Zainuddin. About 70 members, including new ones, attended the TGM last Sunday.