KANOWIT: Functions organised by Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) have been pulling in the crowd and this is not just because of the juicy politics being dished out.
At last Sunday night’s ‘Meet The People Session’ at Rh Ilam Abo, Nanga Tada Resettlement Scheme, Kanowit, the big crowd of 1,000 came to listen to speeches and also to watch the live entertainment by local recording artistes.
The main attraction was alluring singer-actress Jennifer Jack, once a finalist of Miss Sarawak.
A party source said the kind of live entertainment they had that night would be the main feature in coming SWP events as the four-month-old party tries to garner support to capture the six seats held by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).
That night, SWP prime mover Datuk Sng Chee Hua told the longhouse folks that the party would thrive, and expressed confidence that the party would be in the government in the near future.
“I know how it feels like to be in the opposition. I was in the opposition and I don’t want the people to suffer,” he said in his speech.
Sng also claimed SWP practises a ‘People First’ policy, pointing out it is the only party in Sarawak that offers insurance coverage to its members besides its latest offer of a free legal advice to members who are entangled in native customary rights (NCR) land disputes.
He also promised that an education fund, similar to the Larry Sng Education Fund, to cover the expenses of needy students going for tertiary education will be set up in all the six seats provided the party wins.
Kanowit is one of the six PRS parliamentary seats targeted by SWP.
The others are Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Selangau and Hulu Rajang.
Sng also spoke about the party’s stance in being friendly to the Barisan Nasional, pointing out that BN component parties have accepted and welcomed it to be their friend.
“We are only against PRS and want to replace them. BN polices are generally good but PRS has not implemented them the way they should be,” he claimed.
Also present that night were SWP senior vice-presidents Josephine Mawat and Munan Laja and the party’s potential candidate for Kanowit, university lecturer and part time recording artiste Ellison Ludan.
Meanwhile, a party insider said judging by the big turnout that night and the one before in Selangau, it seemed unlikely that SWP candidates would lose their deposits.
“PRS deputy president Datuk Joseph Entulu should think twice in claiming that the SWP candidates will lose their deposits in all the six PRS seats,” he said, adding the turnout in Nanga Tada was very encouraging despite the area being a stronghold of former MP Tan Sri Leo Moggie.