KUCHING: SPDP supreme council members yesterday endorsed the call by party president Tan Sri William Mawan to reconcile with members of the G5.
In a four-hour meeting, the party also gave Mawan and deputy president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing the mandate to further discuss the matter which is believed to be vital for the party’s overall strength in the coming 11th state election.
“Consolidation would also mean reconciliation as SPDP is all about moving forward and in tandem with the country’s development,” Mawan told a press conference after chairing the party’s supreme council meeting in the party headquarters at Jalan Badruddin here yesterday.
The state election may be a few years away but top BN leaders at the federal and state levels have given directives to all state BN component parties to reconsolidate, Mawan pointed out.
Mawan, who is also BN vice-chairman, said even though the G5, a moniker referring to party-less assemblypersons Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie (Tasik Biru), Datuk Sylvester Entrie Muran (Marudi), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu), Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau) and former Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe, had been dismissed from the party for gross insubordination, they were welcome to rejoin the party and that SPDP was ready for reconciliation.
“SPDP is ready to extend an olive branch to the five for the betterment of the state Barisan Nasional (BN) and for the BN to win all state and parliamentary seats allocated to us (SPDP),” he added.
As of yesterday, officials at party headquarters said they had yet to receive any membership application from members of the G5 to rejoin the party.
“We will definitely accept their application to rejoin SPDP but if they do not come forward and register, there is nothing we can do,” Mawan pointed out.
On a separate matter, Mawan said SPDP was open to any suggestion or initiative for a possible merger with SUPP.
According to him, the idea is worth examining especially if the move augers well for the strength of SPDP and the state BN as a whole.
“However, we are still waiting for SUPP to make the necessary move but as it is now, there is still not much substance for SPDP to react,” said Mawan, who is also Saratok MP and Pakan assemblyman.
On the federal cabinet reshuffle which is due in June this year, he said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had personally given him the assurance that SPDP would be allocated at least one post.
“That is why we are quite cool and will not react in a manner inconsistent with our stand as a BN component party but rather leave the whole issue to the prime minister,” he added.
He also said SPDP will arrange a courtesy call on the prime minister in Putrajaya to show their support to his leadership and capabilities to consolidate all the BN component parties.
On the appointment of Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem as the next chief minister, Mawan said the party has full confidence on Adenan leading the state.
Adenan’s appointment will not worry SPDP as the system is already in place to ensure leadership continuity, he added. - theborneopost