Monday, February 22, 2010

SPDP-PRS Merger To Fast Track?

We want immediate SPDP-PRS merger, says SPDP group

A group of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) leaders want an immediate merger with Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) to consolidate rural-based constituencies in the state.

SPDP senior vice-president Peter Nansian said the move was to expedite the respect vision and objectives of both parties to strengthen BN in rural areas, especially in Dayak-held constituencies.

He said the proposed merger was agreed upon by the SPDP supreme council while the BN leadership at the state level had agreed to the merger in principle.

Nansian, who is also state assistant minister of environment, was speaking at a news conference at the SPDP headquarters in MJC Batu Kawa township, Kuching, today.

The group comprised state assistant minister of public utilities Sylvester Entri Muran, the SPDP merger committee secretary-general who was dropped as party secretary-general after the party election last December, and SPDP vice-president and Mas Gading MP Dr Tiki Lafe.

The other members of the group are Batu Danau state assembly member Paulus Palu Gumbang, Bekenu state assembly membeer Rosey Yunus, Meluan state assembly person Wong Judat and supreme council members Eda Igar, George Garai and Peter Gani.

Nansian, the state assemblyman for Tasik Biru, said with the 1Malaysia concept, they wanted to answer the call of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to put the people, and not self-interest, first.

PRS not keen?

From feedback received on the issue, however, Nansian said the PRS leadership was not keen to merge with SPDP due to differences with some personalities in the latter's current line-up.

He declined to say if such reservations was linked to the recent internal crisis involving some party members and leaders who had questioned party president William Mawan's prerogative to drop Entri as secretary-general's and the reversal of his earlier promise to maintain the balance of power in SPDP.

Asked if Mawan was informed of the group's intention, Nansian said, he had given them the mandate to initiate the merger five years ago.

- Bernama

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