SPDP “A Step Forward”

The Chief Minister of Sarawak Taib Mahmud did not mince his words when he said to the delegates and observers in Bintulu for the opening of the TGM. He said “PBB will advise and assist only when needed in component parties problems or internal disagreements. PBB will not get their hands dirtied. If our advises are followed its for the strength of BN.”

SPDP have chosen the Party President William Mawan as its President while the Deputy is Tiong King Sing. Congratulations to both of them from audie61 and the elected team for SPDP 2012-2015.

Obviously,there are some who knows that it will be a “matter of time”when this plan falls through. There were many uneasiness and unhappiness on how the TGM elections was run but its bests be told by delegates or sources who were present during the voting of the SC members.If we were to write it it will be take a number of pages.Good or Bad experiences,hiccups etc etc let the SPDP members tell you.

How timely and it can only happen in TGM Bintulu?

We were informed through our source that the No.2 position was actually reserved for someone to broker for him to come back to the fold. Your guess would be as good as mine,wouldn’t it?

 A lot of last minute negotiations were held to ensure it was fulfilled. Unfortunately, the lifeline was taken up and the top leadership feels that ‘since the goose has laid its golden eggs” we will look at it again when it hatches fully.

An article from an internet portal and a comment from a reader is attached to ensure we at audie61 did not engineer the story.

political observersays:

Absolutely right as predicted tiong is now in full control of spdp. Nelson remained as Sec Gen and Igai as dep Sec Gen. Igai and nyarok seem to be the hitman, claiming everything to be from ROS. 31 div declared illegal. It obvious those declared illegal, are most likely to vote against them. So play dirty. Somebody should verify with Ros when half of the division r illegal at the 11 hr. The party leadership should resigned en mass, to take responsibilty for such a mess and someone should challenge the validity  of the TGA. But then this is spdp, who cares just gives those dayak beers, and they will worship  you!

2012 hopesays:

Tiong seems to fully controlled spdp.

The extracted article from internet blog:-

KUCHING: As expected, the MP for Bintulu and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party’s (SPDP) treasurer-general Tiong King Sing was elected yesterday as the party’s deputy president taking over from Peter Nyarok.

On the surface, Tiong’s election as deputy president seems to have the all-around support of the party members.

But there are those who are worried that SPDP is returning to the old days of Sarawak National Party (SNAP), of which SPDP is its offshoot.

SNAP, which had more than 90% Dayak membership and professed a multi-racial policy, was however under the iron-clad rule of a non-Dayak, James Wong, from 1981 to 2002.

Wong did not brook any criticism against his leadership nor did he tolerate anyone talking about “Dayakism” in the party. Those who did so were either expelled or asked to leave to form their own Dayak party.

During his presidency, the Dayaks’ interests and voice were suppressed as he turned SNAP into part of his Limbang Trading Company.

Stubbornly sticking to his rigid “principled” rule, Wong would initiate disciplinary action against anyone who committed an offence, even a minor one against the party.

So SNAP under him split twice. The first was in 1983 when he sacked a few Dayak leaders including senior vice-president and Deputy Chief Minister Daniel Tajem on suspicion of supporting an independent candidate.

Tajem and several Dayak elected representatives were forced to form their own political party – Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS).

The second was in 2002 when Wong sacked Tiong over an issue of television station which failed to be constructed in Bintulu.

‘Tiong is like James Wong’ Tiong’s expulsion triggered mass resignations of members from the party which were led by William Mawan and eight other senior party leaders.

Like Tajem, Mawan and his group of nine formed their own party, SPDP.

With the exodus of credible Dayak leaders and elected representatives, SNAP, which was once the bastion of Dayak voice with 18 state assemblymen and nine members of parliament, has now been reduced to a mosquito party.

Coming back to SPDP, what some members are worried is that sooner or later he will take over the leadership of the party. They have seen what had happened to SNAP which was headed by a “towkay”.

They have also seen what had happened to PBDS and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) with “towkays” playing major and bigger roles in the two parties. While PBDS was deregistered in 2004, PRS had also almost faced the same fate.

SPDP members know what type of a leader Tiong is. Like Wong, he does not tolerate any criticism.

They recall what happened in a supreme council meeting in July 2009 when Tiong brought the idea of expanding SPDP’s wing to Peninsular Malaysia.

His idea was strongly opposed by the then secretary-general Sylvester Entri, senior vice-president Peter Nansian, vice-president Tiki Lafe and several other supreme council members.

They all agreed that it was not that simple as it had to be approved by the triennial delegates conference in December 2009 as well as amending the party’s constitution.

Tiong’s outburst

During the meeting, a member of the council suggested that a vote should be taken to determine how many would support Tiong’s suggestion.

And before the division could be called, Tiong was heard by reporters who were covering the meeting to have uttered the following words “…. Don’t do this to me. I spend my bloody money on this party and this is what I get…”

Tiong’s sudden outburst stunned the members present, and when the reporters came in Tiong was nowhere to be seen. But the mood of those present appeared to be gloomy, and some were seen to be very angry.

Several supreme council members did not agree for SPDP to go national.

“Why should you go national and waste our manpower resources, when we are threatened back home by PKR?

“Even the seat of president at Pakan state constituency in Julau is in trouble and so are SPDP other seats,” said one council member.

SPDP has eight state and four parliamentary seats including Tiong’s seat of Bintulu.

At that time, there were rumours that Nyarok had wanted to step down and had allegedly negotiated with Tiong to take over the number two post.

But the majority of the supreme council members were wary of the possibility of Tiong becoming the number two man in the party.

It was at this time that the anti-Tiong group discussed a Plan B whereby they wanted to challenge Tiong for the number two post in the event Mawan chose Tiong as his running mate.

Silent majority

Said another member of the anti-Tiong group: “What some of us fear is that if Tiong becomes the number two, it will be a matter of time before he takes over the leadership of the party.

“If this happens, then there are bound to be troubles in the party.”

Tiki at that time already talked about the new line-up when he said: “There is likelihood that even the top posts will be challenged including his own vice-president post.

“We are talking about Plan B and a new line-up.”

Tiki said that most of the elected representatives were in the second list. The first list contained the president and his men.

The group’s intention must have reached Mawan’s ears, who took steps to prevent the group from challenging the party leadership by calling for a status quo – meaning to say that Tiong and everybody would remain in their respective positions in the party.

However, after the TDC held in December 2009, Mawan changed his mind by replacing Entri as secretary-general as allegedly demanded by Tiong.

During the announcement in January 2010, five elected representatives – Entri (Marudi),  Nansian (Tasik Biru),  Tiki (MP for Mas Gading), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu), Paulus Gumbang (Batu Danau) and three other supreme council members – walked out from the meeting.

Together they were popularly known as “SPDP 5”.

That was the beginning of the protracted crisis that resulted in the five of them being expelled from the party in November last year.

Now that the members of the SPDP 5 are no longer in the party, no one dares to say anything openly against Tiong.

But the silent majority is closely watching Tiong as they perceive that SNAP’s history may be repeated