Wanita BN “Is it Wrong to Lobby?”

wanita bnA group of Wanita YB’s and MPs at the entrance of a dinner function spoke to audie61 and said to us,”Is it wrong for the Wanita BN to lobby for seats?” Obviously our answer was no,no.{ trying to be diplomatic ….)

However, when the next question came it was more straight forward,”Your party SPDP fielding Barbara Mawan what do you think?” Aduh! Hai,Eee how do we get out of this situation?

My braincells went into overdrive and said,” if the grassroots and people in Saratok is for her,she has made her presence and intentions known there is no reason why the State BN,Federal BN Chairman would not consider her if the party submits her name.”
Furthermore we also know that 18 out of the 31 Parliamentary Seats the women voters exceeds the male voters.Great !!  we got it right there when we answered the YBs and MPs. They reminded us to please check up the statistics.

These are the statistics from SPR which we checked,” 1,069,654 voters in Sarawak 534,516 which makes up 49.97% are women voters.

Are we going to be drawn in a gender warfare but being party members in SPDP we too need to protect our party’s interest and not to let the opposition have a field day.

If anything PKR and Pakatan have already penned in their candidate Assemblyman Ali Biju to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming Parliamentary elections. A source cloes to the selection committee in PKR said they were also toying with Puan Nurhanim Datuk Mokhsen Ketua Wanita Sarawak to be fielded in Saratok but decided otherwise.

Only during nomination day we will know and before the names are on the nomination papers there will still be lobbying done. Even if you have printed your posters it doesn’t necessarily mean you are chosen as there might still be some political twists and turns.

What actually started this conversation? It had something to do with William Mawan President of SPDP rumours which have put him in the forefront to be a candidate. We also wrote on February 5th “Mawan Whitens Saratok” It did turn to Barbara as they all know her well enough to say a thing or two about her. Of course for a cup of coffee we would tell you but not here in cyberspace.

Could this statement which appeared in a local daily too had the wanita legislators throwing their weight on Barbara,”  “We, representing the BN components in Saratok, agree and propose that the BN  candidate for Saratok is picked from our women members.”
It does seem Saratok P205 is now very much in the radar and we can’t deny the fact as this statement appears in the local daily today. (see below)

audie61 is not going to run from the fact that there are other names involved clue..starts with P ends in  E..besides the ones we already  know but its up to to the BN hierarchy to consider the mosts winnable candidate to take on Pakatan :-


SIBU: Speculations on the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the  Saratok parliamentary seat should cease and the focus channelled towards  ensuring it remains with the party.

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) supreme council member Chambai  Lindong said on Friday that in the true spirit of BN, any differences should be  put aside to prevent the opposition from exploiting issues to their  advantage.

“Now is not the time to speculate. Our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun  Razak has been moving around to ensure everything is in place and this shows  that the election is very near.

“What is of utmost importance is for all members and leaders from grassroots  level upwards to work in a concerted manner, reinforced by strong support from  other BN component parties to retain the BN’s stronghold this impending  election,” Chambai told thesundaypost.

He was responding to a news report which claimed members of BN component  parties in Saratok wanted the ruling coalition to field more women candidates in  the coming election.

It quoted Nasir Manap – Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Hossin  Sulaiman and Lim Kieng Huat – SPDP, Roland Angking – Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS)  as well as Lau Pun Hui and Wee Lee Gua – Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) as  saying they wanted a woman candidate to be fielded in Saratok.

They claimed this was in response to Najib and Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul  Taib Mahmud’s call for a big victory for BN this election.

“That statement purportedly came from certain people, comprising certain  councillors and certain individuals, and that is about all. To say that certain  people would like to see a woman candidate for BN in Saratok is a valid  expression of choice of preference,” said Chambai.

“There is no distinction among genders and anyone can offer himself or  herself or push for his or her preference in the media.”

However, he said the statement was rather vague and should have been backed  up with details from the party divisions concerned.

“I believe this is an individual’s impression rather than party’s opinions. I  am not saying that they are wrong as they expressed their view on their  preference.

“But at the end of the day, what counts is that whoever is being picked by  the top BN leadership, the candidate will be able to win for BN. It is best to  leave everything to the PM’s wisdom.”

On speculation that he was among the several names said to replace incumbent  member of parliament Jelaing Mersat, who is Deputy Transport Minister, Chambai  laughed.

“In all honesty, I do not know how my name came about but I guess with  speculation you will always have more than one name,” he replied.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/02/24/stop-speculating-on-saratok-seat/#ixzz2LnfEK6lm

SPDP Puteri Barbara P205..Mere Rumours..??

On August 17th 2011 we wrote this article,”PKR vs SPDP-Saratok “The battle rages on” We were told in so many words that the incumbent needs to be replaced if SPDP was to hang on our retain the seat from the grassroots,special branch,Jasa,to the military intelligence. SPDP President on May 5th 2012 said this to the main stream media,”SPDP most likely to offload Jelaing

It will be one year from the period since we wrote on Saratok indepth,plus the SPECIAL REPORTS which have been circulating and we extract one of the words we used than,’ The groundswell is very much against Jelaing as his “Batang Hidung” is not even seen at any of the 3 Malay villages . The “malay” votes are important in this parliamentary seat and SPDP will not chance it again as the reports on the ground is anything but kind to the incumbent. (It has changed considerably from then and we are sure that our very harsh mention and realities have got wind to the Deputy Minister)

Various names have been thrown into the fray including Chambai Lindong,Jasmys Sadan Sagi,Dr,James Chella,Enturan Lupa and even some imported non party members names have been seen to make appearances in this constituency.

This article which appeared in todays mainstream media throws another possibility to the seemingly crowded “interested and winnable” candidacy of P205. Now the Puteri Chiefs name has been thrown into the “shark infested waters of political haggling and lobbying and many will be taking an opportunity to defame,slander her and accuse SPDP President of using his position to build his legacy.

Does Wiliam Mawan have any choices? Mosts Parties groom their own to take over the helm and the likes of DAP( Lim Kit Siang-Lim Guan Eng) MCA (Chua Soi Leck-Chua Tee Yong) PKR( Anwar Ibrahim-Nurul Izzah) UMNO (Mahathir Mohamad-Mukhriz Mahathir) PBB ( Taib Mahmud- Sulaiman Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Taib) and the lists goes on. Even the USA and Philippines Presidents like George Bush,Marcoses,Aquinos are looking at legacies.

Is it Wrong for William Mawan to even think of that.?

Maybe only Azmin Ali would think its wrong when he talked about legacies. PM Najib Razak is now looking at new talents to complement the existing popular YBs and MPs who stand very good chances of being acceptable by the rakyat. Its not so much BN is not popular anymore but as a former Johore MP and Minister  Sharir Samad puts it”The competitive edge and winnable candidate offered”

Times have evolved and change. Nowadays its not the symbol but PERSONALITIES. Politics nowadays is Borderless and Malaysian Parliamentarians are watched upon like “hawks eyes“by the international media.

The political parties have no choice but to listen to the ground”people want to choose the leaders who can deliver,work for them and speak for them in Parliament” The other criterias of humblensess,popularity,acceptance are secondary now.

Its not about Barbara Mawan here but given the party is facing an onslaught from PKR and the words which are unretractable which we publish again here it gives SPDP that chance.


Extracted:-“Word has got to the ears of an aide close to the PKR assemblyman. He said,”any other persons nominated by SPDP our YB will not stand in the parliamentary seat but if SPDP was to renominate Jelaing or put in Nyarok, there is every chance that he will seriously have to reconsider.

Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Jelaing Mersat (SPDP) 11,995 72% Edmund Stanley Jugol (SNAP) 4,450 27%
2008 Jelaing Mersat (SPDP) 12,470 76% Mohd Yahya Abdullah (PKR) 3,764 23%

PKR he said was very pleased with the assemblymans stand in his recent comments on rumours in circulation that ,”he was prepared to jump ship and also join SPDP. Furthermore he reiterated that “ he was a staunch Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) man and that was where he would remain.”

There are so many factors for SPDP elections committe to consider and the words of Barbara Mawan,”am more willing to play a complimentary role in the party” is more than a political statement and we should not rule her out. Puteri UMNO is a Sabahan and now a Deputy Minister and Sarawakians should be proud too if SPDP Puteri does get her chance to prove her worth to be speaking for the many young women in Sarawak too in Parliament.

She herself knows that she will be entering”SHARK INFESTED WATERS” where every bite will be painful to swallow and her mental strength needs to be boosted up. audie61 should be amongst the first to inform the readers if she takes that road and embark on another journey of her life.

She has said it” Personally,I describe the speculation as an honour,but unfortunately there is no truth to it”