“We Just wait jak.Sapa lah Kita tok.” An Emeritus Professor was heard saying to a number of BN members who were giving their “political expertise and theories” on candidacy and how the voters would vote for their preferred candidates.
They were particularly keen on the MP situation on Julau and Saratok. Of course yours truly audie61 did not want to interfere but express concerns especially when and where BN Incumbents matters.
What is particularly interesting is that both Salang and Mawan have been seen together lately and moreover they have been carrying on their MP duties with full commitment and never wavered from their responsibilities.
The timing of both of them being scrutinised and undermined is indeed part of the strategy being used to ‘reveal and sway the voters minds” in both the BN areas. Let’s take the first case of Julau which the argument started. Larry on himself,”“I believe that with my experience in government and my commitment to serve the people of Julau, I will be the best person to represent this area. “
Salang being a veteran and seasoned politician said,”“I have been a deputy minister for two terms. This is my fourth term as Julau MP. What type of experience has he?“
One of Salang’s supporter said,’ Deputy CM and President of PRS Masing said it right. Larry even took on a BN PRS Candidate in Lubok Antu and losts. Of course, the DCM Masing words were this,”PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said Larry could not be a BN candidate anymore after he left PRS, a BN component party and formed SWP. Julau MP seat belongs to PRS and Larry is not a PRS member. Case closed.”
It’s taking on Barisan Nasional and not even Direct BN candidacy as agreed upon by the BN hierarchy. Many BN Supporters consider that as “taboo“and one must go through the process of ‘QUARANTINED“ like astronauts coming back from space. Ini bukan main-main keluar dan masuk BN sesuka jak. Mana Prinsip?“
Argument Number two which audie61 is more familiar with, especially is on BN Incumbent Mawan. Both he and Tiong have been very close buddies and still very much are.
Their differences are not “personal” but over politicking by members in the alignment of politics have been the case of “Imbroglio” in the Saratok Parliamentary seat.
There has been much talk about 3 lobbyists now becoming (2) two from PDP who are stacking their claims to the BN Saratok Parliamentary seat as Mawan is a BN Incumbent but partyless which the PDP faithful are not too politically happy.
The picture was painted out to the President Tiong that much have been done by the PDP Saratok members. They not only paint but also are writing “compositions” instead of factual reports and using all political methods and ways to undermine the first timer Parliamentarian in Mawan.
President Tiong while being a leader had to comply and see for himself in which one or two of his “over perceived egoist” members claimed that they have managed to convince the voters to go with their candidate.
It was also reported in the main stream media that,”PDP leader had reportedly said the party wanted to wipe out Mawan’s influence and support in the area, but added the move would contribute to breaking up the BN support base.“
Mawan is the BN flag bearer and a Member of Parliament in this constituency and PDP is a BN component and according to the BN members they said,”Isn’t this wiping out the BN support base and giving Pakatan in which PKR have insisted that they contest a breakthrough and wining this at the expense of Barisan Nasional.? No,No,No and they too concurred with Mawan which was headlined,”DONT ROCK BN BOAT”
What should be commended on Mawan is that he is trying to tell Tiong and his party in PDP and shows the maturity of the man even when he is politically and mercilessly attacked. “Even if they (PDP) feel they must take over the seat, they should have contacted me first instead of trying to dislodge me or wipe out my influence in Saratok. I am not the opposition. I am not your enemy. I am the custodian of BN Saratok entrusted by the BN.”
These words and statement are very much a Parliamentarian that is respected by the voters in the area and those who voted him will not have any qualms whatsoever to VOTE him again.’ BN will certainly not want to overlook an MP who will win them the seat as his support base have been build ever since he took office in 2013.
Tiong and his men came and went away and even mentioned to those present at the Rumah Jabu, Nanga Senulau,“I have met the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Ahmad Zaid Hamidi) and discussed at length with them. This time the candidate will be from PDP and PM has agreed there will not be BN direct candidate in Saratok.”
The BN members said why didn’t he picked the PDP Candidate for Saratok there and then? Is there something which we don’t already know? This was said in a very sarcastic manner. In the grapevine one of them even remarked that there is a “pact” to see an end not only to Salang but also Mawan. How true this is we need to do more investigative work.
Salang meanwhile was in uncompromising mood and he said this “I cannot stop people from contesting – it is a part of our democratic practices. Still, they should never cause the people to split, to be hostile toward one another, or for them to succumb to money politics.”
The print media,” Larry’s argument that he was there to replace Salang with ‘blessings’ from certain Barisan Nasional (BN) top leaders, Salang said this was certainly news to him and also the PRS.’
This was like a big stone tied to one’s legs and dropping him in the big ocean and creating a rift within the BN Family which irked the BN members in conversation. They said “Kalau angin tidak tuip mana ada pokok goyang?“
They were not too amused with Tiong lambasting Karim Hamzah too in which was printed “broke the BN spirit of cooperation and consensus’ by trying to influence the choice of candidate in a fellow BN component party.”
He further mentioned,”“It is ironic that he (Abdul Karim) said he concurred with Mawan (that) no one should rock the BN boat when he ‘himself has shaken the boat’ by his statement on Saratok candidacy.”
They asked audie61 on how an SPDP member the former Senator Datuk Pau Chiong Ung and close ally of President crossed the line in becoming a direct BN candidate. This was in the issue of the news media of April 7, 2016, Thursday,”Negotiations are on for Pau to resign from SPDP to stand as a direct BN candidate and for him to join SUPP if he won.
Did Pau become a candidate in the State Elections in 2016?
Of course, the final decision lies with the BN hierarchy and DPM Zahid have been echoing his Presidents words and they will continue to ensure that all dots are joined. His words which all BN component parties must take note,”
“The call by Deputy PM Zahid Hamdi for BN candidates now are winnable,likeable and of course acceptable by the Top BN leadership.
PM Najib has this formula and he stressed that state BN component parties must nominate only the most winnable candidates. “Please give only winnable candidates and I want only winnable candidates. I don’t want your favourite persons to be candidates.”
Without question when Salang and Mawan came to BN defence it is not for their own selfish agenda’s but ensuring BN will not be short changed as some candidates still needs to be “QUARANTINED.”
Mawan’s statement on don’t “ROCK THE BN BOAT” as the real test is very much winning an election.
Fadillah Yusuf Sarawak BN Youth Chief and Federal Works Minister ,”A big win for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th general election (GE14) is crucial in ensuring that the voices of Sarawakians would be heard by the federal government.
Tiong himself concurred that “Ultimately we leave it to the Chief Minister and Prime Minister to make the final decision” and until the BN “watikah is issued” nothing is final and the ‘dirty linens” should be confined within the BN Family and not in the public domain.
Salang and Mawan remains True BN Blue even though their resolve is severely tested.
Its always agree to disagree that will promote greater understanding and viable relationships. Disagreements will always happen, but you don’t have to let them become a real problem and all true BN Blue supporters will testify to that.
One must show RESPECT and Mawan and Salang has full trust in the BN Hierarchy in which their voters put them in Parliament to represent their respective constituency.
The words from the emirutus professor have managed to keep all the BN members united in their spirit to win the seats for BN in GE14.