Mawans BFF and Interview with Borneo Posts…..

SPDP President Tan Sri William Mawan knows who his BFF(Best Friends Forever) are especially when all the ADUNS have left him. 3 MPs are still with him while the other 1MP was sacked from the party.Mawan does not need to worry as he will still have the loyalists and the party machinery with him to fight the battle to retain the 4 SPDP allocated seats.

The other State seats and ADUNs the party have also sacked them and it will mean that there will be 7 available places to be filled up by NEW PARTY LEADERS from SPDP ranks. It was a crisis where it surely did open up opportunities which the previous ADUNS and MPS left a void. New leaders have emerge and SPDP have been garnering strength through the various activities,programmes and membership drive which have caught the imagination of many political leaders in and outside of BN.

If Mawan was weak he would have caved in and would even have retired with exhaustion but as a fighter and a leader he has shown tremendous capabilites and sustainability. SPDP knows and Mawan in particular knows who his BFF are and he has valued their help tremendously.

Below please find the excerpts from  his Chit Chat with Borneo Posts….

SARAWAK Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Tan Sri William Mawan  had a bumpy start in politics.

He contested three times and lost three times — each time by a small majority  of less than 500. The setback did not ‘kill’ him but instead made him  stronger.

Now, some 20 years after his first electoral victory, he is facing one of the  worst nightmares for a political leader — a mutiny from within.

But the seasoned Social Development Minister does not blink or flinch,  believing he can weather the storm by turning the internal crisis into a golden  opportunity to revamp and breathe new life into the party.

Incidentally, SPDP has been reduced to a mosquito party with just four  elected representatives after six of its YBs (the Group of Five (G5) and Meluan  assemblyman Wong Judat) left due to differences of opinion and other party  disputes.

In an interview with thesundaypost, the SPDP president spoke frankly about  his involvement in politics, how he is handling the crisis in the party and how  the party will see a new beginning after emerging stronger from its internal  problems.

Q: Please tell us a bit about how you started in politics.

A: I first contested in Pakan in the 1983 state elections where I lost by 261  votes. I stood in the same constituency in 1987 and lost again by 258 votes. In  the 1990 general elections (parliamentary), I stood as an independent in Julau  and came out 425 votes short. And in 1991 state elections, I stood again in  Pakan. This time round, I won by 595 votes.

Q: What motivated you to join politics?

A: I’m not sure. I was just around — always there with the people. I was  chosen three times and defeated again and again but I stayed on to be with the  people. Some people may just talk about politics or profess to be politicians,  yet they are seldom there with the people. For me, I’m just there with the  people. And if that makes me a politician, then I’m a politician.

Q: In other words, you have your own way of doing politics?

A: My way of doing politics is not the art of politics. It’s just the way of  my involvement. The art of doing politics involves organising people and  managing resources which has a much wider scope. I’m just describing my  natural way of getting involved with the people. I’m not trying to define the  art of managing politics.

Q: It has been perceived all this while that your weak leadership is the main  reason for the party crisis you are facing now. However, your past record of  replacing the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) with SPDP shows otherwise. Your  comments.

A: Yes, the way I am judged now and what my past record shows do not tally.  So whether my leadership is weak or strong, it has yet to be seen. A lot of  people said I am weak, some commented I am too soft. But as you have said, if I  could face a giant like SNAP before, would I be such a cowardy person now?   Many, after just one defeat, slipped into oblivion. I contested three times and  lost three times, yet I’m still around today. Do you think a weak person can do  that? I rely on my instincts on when to make a move, when to respond or how  to be reactive to things. There are always implications to what we do. And in  face of the recent happenings within the party, I try to look beyond them. I  never want to be drawn into them until I feel hopeless. I want to stand above  all these happenings so that I can have a clear view, and thus, be able to make  the right decision. And when a decision needed to be made, I made it. If  anyone needed to be sacked, we sacked them. We are not happy or excited to see  any BN representatives leaving. This, as the whole, is weakening BN. Even  though SPDP had sacked people, we didn’t do it hastily. It took almost two years  before the G5 were sacked. Along the way, we never stopped trying to win them  back. So was it with Wong Judat. There were two or three attempts to win him  back.

Q: So how do you see what your party is going through now? Within a year, six  of your YBs had either resigned or been sacked, reducing your party (which had  10 elected representatives — six assemblymen and four MPs) to a mosquito party  of only four elected representatives?

A: To me, this is just a passing shower. It comes and goes. It is a political  hazard but just temporary. For all you know, whether I make noise or keep  quiet, I have been handling the situation behind the scene. I have to evaluate  the situation and re-think the next move over and over again after all these  things happened. I have to keep my cool. I cannot be merely reactive to what  is happening. Yes, instant reaction might satisfy my emotions and ego but it  will be my nightmare the next day, especially in the present context of BN  politics and culture. As party president, I cannot say anything that  contradicts myself and be caught in my own cobwebs later on. As a politician — and quite a senior one — who has been around for over 20 year, I think I have  learnt to be much more patient. In politics, what you see today may not be there  tomorrow. I guess there are times when we have to lie low. In a troubled  time like this, even if I have to make a move, I won’t want to tell the world  about it. In the face of my enemies out there trying to destablise or  destroy our party, I need to be really cautious with everything, including the  nature and manner of our responses. In any case, we won’t tell people where we  hide our weapons.

Q: As a leader of one of the state BN components, have you been given any  assurance of support when you need it?

A: The saving grace is we are in BN. This is a BN government and this is BN  politics. We are a coalition and SPDP is part of it. Within BN, it is always  understood we are always part and parcel of one another. But no one will not  be able to help or sympathise with you if you get out of line. The BN system  will not be beneficial to you if you deviate. On the other hand, BN leaders  should stick to BN principles or rules and regulations governing BN. Then I  believe disputes within any component parties will finally be settled by  themselves. But if BN leaders were to deviate from BN principles, then they  would be setting a precedence. This is dangerous for everyone in the  coalition. If SPDP were to settle its affairs within the ambit of the BN  system, I think the party is safe. People come and go — quarrels will always  erupt here and there. After all, we are democratic. People are more educated and  versatile. Today they may jump there but tomorrow, they may come back again.   But as long as BN does not discard its system and principles as well as rules  and regulations governing the structure of the coalition that has been there for  a long time, all component parties will be safe. To me, there is no  compromise in this regard. As far as possible and up till now, I think SPDP has  managed to keep in line.

Q: How do you feel about the party crisis and what are the reactions of  the leaders in SPDP?

A: As human beings, we tend to be emotional and think we are always right.  This is the problem with ego. I have a lot of ego but it’s probably much more  controlled or submerged. It is not manifested much. And just like anybody  else, I may be tough and uncompromising but the situation demands that I should  take a few steps back in order to go forward. I’m very grateful to all SPDP  leaders. They never lose sight of their responsibilities. They know what we have  been doing and what the future holds for the party. And true enough, as I  have said, what happens today is just a temporary phenomenon. We look forward to  the future. That’s why we emphasise on recruitment and membership drive. We  have been recruiting many new and young professionals from colleges and  universities. To us, this bad time is a blessing in disguise. There are many  seats to be contested and many candidates to be fielded. To the present leaders,  this is a new beginning.

Q: What has SPDP been doing to overcome its crisis?

A: I think the party needs a lot of restructuring and political  re-engineering. And once the next state elections come round, the whole  situation will change. Now people tend to focus on the number of elected  representatives we have sacked and how many have resigned but in the next state  elections, there will be a totally new SPDP. We are in process of  re-positioning ourselves for bigger things and tougher challenges and I have  suggested that some very concrete steps be taken before the next state  elections. As for the coming parliamentary election, I think we are on  course with the four seats. We probably need to review and strengthen the  progress in these areas where we have been campaigning and working in close  collaboration with the BN machinery. Most people will see the glaring  absence of elected representatives in SPDP — except for William Mawan himself.  But SPDP people know there are many of us and we know right infront of us are  bright sunny days. Elected representatives are important to us. For a  political organisation, you must have elected representatives. We do have seats  but in an election, any party can lose seats. But this is just temporary.  People just swing away now but they will swing back. Some may leave the party,  others return. But the party is still there.

Q: How do you plan to move forward from here?

A: SPDP will continue its good partnership with the other state BN  components. As for the party’s future, we are now providing a platform for young  professionals to play active roles in leadership and social activities which  include welfare. With many vacancies in terms of BN allocated seats, SPDP is  now an attractive platform for young professionals to come in and prove their  worth and leadership qualities. We started our revamp two years ago by first  creating the puteri wing, followed by the putera wing last year. For the puteri  wing, more than 2,000 members on average are recruited monthly since the  beginning of this year. The total membership of the party is now about  100,000-strong. This is the new begining. We have gone through the worst and  are now thinking of how we will rise from this. We need to reorganise and  re-engineer and we also need new and young people. This is a golden  opportunity to revamp because some leaders have already displaced themselves.  Out of necessity, I have to bring in new people to replace them. In the next  elections, you will see SPDP winning back all its eight state and four  parliamentary seats. We will come back to be more energetic, more poised, more  focused and above all, much more relevant. What the future holds is not what  we can foresee. But I’m optimistic the new system and structure of the party  will allow it to survive for next 50 years.

5 thoughts on “Mawans BFF and Interview with Borneo Posts…..

  1. 2012 hope says:

    Pembangunan seimbang antara semua bahagian:

    Kapit upgraded as division in 1973 and Mukah in 2002.

    Kapit remains an island within an island without much developments.

    Notable and striking developments in youngest division, 10 years old,Mukah during the last years;

    RM 300 million Politehnik, RM 300k UiTM, 100 million PPKS, multi million Unimas research centre., 300k International Airport, 200k Mukah Biotech Economic Zone,3 billion coal-fired plant, multibillion shop houses and govt buildings

    What say you ?,James Masing, Alex Nanta Linggi, Larry Sng and other leaders.

  2. iBan says:

    Do not worry what goes around comes around.

    Who say politics is not about looking after No. 1. The million dollar question is who is your No. 1

    The evidence is literally in the photo.

    Get down to the longhouse and solve their problems and you will be No. 1.

  3. 2012 hope says:

    If PR win the election and form govt,the first thing they will do is to investigate all disputed alienation of lands and abuses of power in approving provisional leases over NCR lands to conies and family members of BN leaders.Baru Bian says.

  4. Observer says:

    At the rate SWP is helping solve the longhouse folk problems with innovative solutions PRS will be gone case.

    The rooster has come to roost..

    Bye bye PRS hello SWP Sure Win Party

  5. 2012 hope says:

    Official from Guinness Book Record rejected Msia twitter’s records bid without giving any reasons.( Tak mahu memalukan Msia )

    They advised Msia,Rais to aiming outstanding achievements with more integrity and ethnics.

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