The crew of audie61 just thought,”lets just copy and paste the stories which has happened in the past week on SPDP. The crisis has stirred up so many emotional sentiments especially with those who are connected with the party. There has also been calls to audie61 to tell us to be careful and do not print the articles which can/could put the party in a bad light. We have a right as netcitizens to publish stories which are not malicious in nature and will not be intimidated nor afraid of the underhand tactics which seemingly has ARRIVED AND REACHED OUR DOORSTEPS.
Anyway you can be the judge by going through these reports and see where we put ourselves:-Here goes
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The so-called status quo list was then believed to have been agreed, signed, published and even used as ”The President List’ for the Party election. The ensuing results truly showed that the delegates supported the ”President List” and almost all won their respective seats. Yb Sylvester Entrie, however was not in the election ”President List” as he was then in the ”list ” to be reappointed as the Sec Gen of the party, thus completing the final status quo line-up.
The change of heart by the president by not adhering to the status quo list caught all by surprise, especially Entrie and his group.
The appointed posts are the President prerogative technically and legally, albeit not morally. This is tantamount to an act of betrayal of your comrade.
Why Dato Sri William Mawan renegaded on this is anybody’s guess and speculation.
But, thats the painfull part of being the President, in that there are things that you have to do alone and wish that you could confide in someone and yet you could not. Its called being ”lonely”, terribly lonely being at the top…only you and the Almighty one knows…and will have to live with your decision, rightfully or otherwise for the rest of one’s political career and maybe beyond.
|KUCHING – The crisis in the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) deepened with some members calling for William Mawan to resign as president of the party, but Mawan dismissed the demand.“I will not bow down to personal feelings of some members,” he said, pointing out that he would not abandon the responsibility and the trust placed upon him by those who had elected him.
Explaining his stand
“I am elected unopposed as president and I have a duty to those who elected me. I will not run away from my responsibility. This is Mawan,” he said yesterday when asked by Malaysian Mirror to comment on demands by Peter Gani for him to resign to solve the present crisis.
“I appreciate the feelings of my friend Gani, but resignation is not an option for me. I will not bow down to pressure. I have a long-term strategy and the interest of members and the party to think about.
Gani, an SPDP founding member, had called on Mawan to resign, saying the members had lost confidence in his leadership.
Grassroots, not aides, decide fate
In Sibu, Tamin branch chairman Engkail Bunyau said branch members want the president to listen to the wishes of the grassroots rather than to just close aides.
He described Mawan’s decision to replace Sylvester Enteri as secretary-general with Nelson Balang Rining as “untimely”.
Dissent grows louder
Batu Danau state assemblyman Paulus Gumbang, who was one of those who had walked out during the supreme council meeting in support of Enteri, said he was shocked that the top leadership was engaging in underhanded politics.
He said the leadership should set a good example as such politics would only divide the party and weaken its powerbase.
by Churchill Edward
January 25, 2010, Monday
KUCHING: Former Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) secretary-general Sylvester Entri Muran has declined to accept the post of vice-president, claiming party president Dato Sri William Mawan Ikom, has reneged on his earlier promise of maintaining the equilibrium of power in SPDP.
Entri said prior to SPDP triennial general assembly (TGA) last December, Mawan had come up with a ‘presidential line-up’ with him continuing as secretary-general.
But on Saturday, at the party’s supreme council, Mawan said he was exercising his prerogative as president following consultation with members of the supreme council.
Entri was said to have left that meeting before it ended, and yesterday he held a press conference at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel here to deliver a press statement explaining why he was declining the post offered by Mawan.
Most party insiders saw this as a protest by Entri, who probably felt that in his successor, Ba Kelalan assemblyman Nelson Balang Rinin, Mawan wanted nothing less than his most trusted man to hold the secretary-general post.
Entri’s press conference yesterday was also attended by vice-president III, Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe, who is National Service Training Council chairman.
“Mawan has abused his prerogative and acted according to the advice of only few members. He has ignored the wishes of the majority,” said Entri, who is Marudi assemblyman as well as Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Water Supply).
“There were no consultat-ions and consensus before the supreme council meeting. We were all caught by surprise with the announcement by the president,” he said.
Entri said he was recording the proceeding of the meeting when Mawan made his announcement of new appointments, starting with the less important posts and then finally making the ‘shocking announcement’ of dropping him from the secretary-general post.
He said the moment he realised he had been dropped, he got up and walked out of the meeting.
It was also understood that senior vice-president, Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Peter Nansian, who is also Assistant Minister of Environment; Bekenu assemblywoman Rosey Yunus (appointed vice president); Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang (assistant information chief); and Dr Tiki also walked out of Saturday’s meeting.
Three supreme council members also staged a walk out – Peter Ghani, George Garai and Cr Eda Igar.
According to Entri, Saturday was not the first time that Mawan had acted suspiciously.
He claimed that in August 2009, Mawan announced an open contest for all seats in SPDP but in the end withdrew the decision after his deputy, Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Krian assemblyman Datuk Peter Nyarok Entrie, announced that a status quo was desired.
Entrie and Dr Tiki said they feared that the problem besetting the party now could cause a split if not handled by the party president with “the greatest of care”.
Any such split could disrupt the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) stability, they said.
KUCHING: Peter Gani’s call for Dato Sri William Mawan to step down gracefully as President of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) is a big joke, says Paul Toynbee, a Supreme Council member of the party.
“While Peter Gani is entitled to his personal opinion about the President, his statement to the media does not in anyway represent the views and feelings of the 100,000-odd members of SPDP,” Toynbee said when contacted yesterday.
He reminded Gani that Mawan had won uncontested the post of President for three consecutive terms.
“His long-serving leadership speaks volumes of the support, confidence and trust that he has from the members. I also urge Peter Gani to refrain from making further disparaging remarks about the party President.
“Disrespect of the party President, who has been chosen and empowered by the members, is as good as disrespecting the members themselves.
“If he remains adamant about his stance, he can have the option of leaving the party gracefully,” said Toynbee.
Meanwhile, SPDP Women’s Wing declared its full support to the leadership of the party in its effort to ensure continued unity, stability and team work in the party.
“We are committed to the cause of advancing the party interest at all times. In this regard, no individuals or groups must be allowed to compromise this fundamental principle for their personal or any other gains,” said a press statement issued by the Wing yesterday.
The statement expressed regret that the former Secretary-General, Sylvester Entrie, had acted irrationally when he made an emotional outburst to the media, after being not reappointed to his former position. He was offered the senior post of Vice-President by the party leadership.
“His statement to the press, which has brought much disrepute to the party, certainly does not go down well with the leaders and members of the Women Wing of SPDP.
“As an experienced politician and party man, he should have refrained from engaging in open confrontation, and (should have) shown due respect to the party and its leadership,” the statement added.
The statement also reminded Entrie of the advice of the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who stressed that internal problems of a BN component party should be resolved internally and not to be brought out into the open.
“We acknowledge that the appointment of the Secretary-General and several other members of the Supreme Council of the party is the prerogative of the President as provided for in the constitution.
“Entrie’s insistence on the maintenance of the status quo for all party posts in the aftermath of the Triennial General Assembly is both misleading and disrespectful.
“We feel sorry that he has failed to understand that the term ‘status quo’ applies to contested posts whereas the appointment of selected individuals to appointed post is the prerogative of the President.
“We are proud that the President has shown maturity and integrity in that he has been very accommodating and understanding, in the light of the outburst of Entrie, although the party leadership could have exercised the option of taking disciplinary action against him,” the statement added.
The Wing also urged Entrie to look at the bigger picture of SPDP and Barisan Nasional.
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