SIBU, Nov 17 — The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) seeks to field electoral candidates who are not just winnable but who will remain loyal to the party after winning the next parliamentary election in the state.
“If you are no longer loyal to us, you are no longer loyal to the Barisan Nasional (and) Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in their respective capacities as the state and federal BN chiefs,” SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom said in his keynote address at the party’s 10th anniversary dinner here last night.
He said the BN, chief minister and prime minister needed all loyal BN members in the struggle to unite the people for the nation-building process.
Mawan also said that the party would go all out to defend its Baram, Saratok, Mas Gading and Bintulu seats in the next parliamentary election.
After 10 years, the SPDP had undergone its own restructuring and re-engineering, he said.
“(Members of) our Puteri and Putera wings, who are young, loyal and professional people, will come forward to play bigger roles within the party,” he said.
Mawan said there was always the tendency among parties in the state BN family to try to outdo each other within the coalition.
“This we know and understand. As long as there is fairness, we can accept it but we will never allow ourselves to be bullied.
“There is always a chance that other people may try to take advantage of our internal problems, but I know we will be resilient and united,” he said.
On the resignation of about 900 party members here two days ago, he said the SPDP was still intact and strong with more than 100,000 members and had continued to receive applications daily from people wanting to join it. -BERNAMA.