KUCHING: A socio-political analyst Dato Peter Minos says the current problems besetting two component parties of Sarawak BN must be resolved first and it doesn’t matter if the next state election is held earlier than 2016 or otherwise.
He believes chief minister-designate Tan Sri Adenan Satem who is taking over as PBB president and state BN chairman is pursuing the matter.
“On the political front, Tan Sri Adenan will help to sort things out in SUPP and SPDP.
“This must be done before the state election (due) in 2016. His (Adenan) political acumen will help him here, as he is not a leader who leaves problems unsolved,” said Minos, also a PBB veteran.
SUPP, the oldest political party in Sarawak, was slapped with a show-cause letter on Jan 6 by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and was given 30 days to explain why it should not be deregistered. The party has replied.
Its deputy president Datuk Seri Richard Riot who has expressed his readiness to be the party’s president, said he would only do so as a last resort to save the party from deregistration.
On the other hand, SPDP had expressed readiness to reconcile with the Group of Five comprising four assemblypersons sacked from the party and a former MP.
The party supreme council also gave party president Tan Sri William Mawan and deputy president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing the mandate to discuss the matter, believed to be vital for the party’s overall strength in the coming state election.
G5 is a moniker given to the expelled five members of SPDP who were sacked for gross insubordination between Nov 2011 and Jan 2012.
On another matter, Minos said Adenan would make a good chief minister for Sarawak because he had ‘guts’.
“When he decides and says no, it is a no. When he approves something, he means it and gets it done speedily. There is decisiveness in the man, a trait of a good leader.
“Sarawak needs a leader with guts because he can look after and safeguard our rights and interests, warding off negative politics and those few racial and religious fanatics from anywhere. Sarawak is safe under Adenan,” he said.
He nonetheless believed Adenan has a lot to do, like making follow-up with Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), opening up and developing rural areas, improving the incomes and living standard of the rural folk, urbanisation, education, infrastructure and utilities, and new industries.
“On NCR (native customary rights) land problem, Adenan will get a formula acceptable to all,” he said.
Minos also paid tribute to Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is stepping down as chief minister after 33 years at the helm.
He said Taib’s greatest legacy was leaving behind a generally harmonious society in Sarawak; the many races accepting each other naturally, working together and cooperating in making Sarawak a better place.
“On the political front, Pehin Sri Taib has shown that political competition, allowed by democracy, is not a barrier to cooperation on all parties for the good of Sarawak.
“Taib did it very well in PBB, nurturing a culture of unity, respect of the leadership and discipline. Taib knew exactly what to do in PBB, resulting in the party being solid, united and always going forward with clear purposes.
“And when political problems arose in Sarawak, Taib had the brain and guts to handle things. Even some opposition people and severe critics are missing Taib now that he is leaving the political scene,” said Minos.