Friday, February 26, 2010

Umno man sent to mediate SPDP impasse

An amicable solution may be in sight for the current problem in the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor is now in the state and apparently working behind the scenes to try and resolve the problem.

SPDP Meluan state assemblyman Wong anak Judat told Bernama here today that Tengku Adnan had met with party president Datuk Seri William Mawan Ikom, deputy president Datuk Peter Nyarok, secretary-general Nelson Balang Rining and treasurer-general and Bintulu Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing recently.

“He is supposed to meet our former secretary-general, Sylvester Entri Munan, and others today.

“Then he hopes to meet with PRS president Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing,” Wong said after attending a Chinese New Year gathering organised by the Julau Town Rukun Tetangga Sector, here.

He said Tengku Adnan would then meet with Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is the state BN chief, before flying back to Kuala Lumpur.

SPDP Supreme Council member Paul Igai, when contacted, confirmed that Tengku Adnan was helping to resolve the hiccup in his party.

“He may most probably be attending our Supreme Council meeting this Sunday,” he said.

The problem in SPDP arose after its recent triennial general assembly when Mawan appointed Nelson Balang, who is Ba Kelalan state assemblyman, to replace Entri as the new secretary-general.

This did not go down well with Entri and four others — senior vice-president Datuk Peter Nansian, information chief Paulus Palu Gumbang (state assemblyman for Batu Danau), Rosey Yunus (state assemblyman for Bekenu) and Dr Tiki Lafe (MP for Mas Gading).

They then decided to merge immediately on their own with PRS without going through Peter Nyarok, who is the SPDP chairman of the proposed merger committee. — Bernama

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