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Published: Sunday June 22, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday June 22, 2014 MYT 2:52:28 PM

SPDP experiencing rising membership, setting up four new branches

KUCHING: Contrary to claims by certain vested parties, SPDP is not facing a mass exodus and instead experiencing a rising membership, said its Wanita chief Datuk Chiew Yen Chew.

She said the party was actually receiving more members and setting up new branches. At least four new branches have been established, she said, naming Batu Kawa, Batu Lintang, Bukit Assek and Nangka.

“We have had a lot more (members) joining and continue to have more expressing interests to join SPDP,” Chiew said in a statement.

“What some have been claiming to have happened — like resignations and many more wanting to quit — is simply untrue.

“They (detractors) have not jeopardise us or made us in any way insecure,” she said.

Chiew claimed only five Wanita members have resigned from SPDP so far.

She reiterated that SPDP “wants all its eight state seats” in the next Sarawak Election, which is not due until mid 2016.

She added all existing SPDP branches and divisions remained “intact” and “strong”, and that, by the end of this month, more Wanita divisions were expected to be set up, from the existing 38 to 46 divisions.

“We in the Wanita commit to strengthen the party. Our recruitment drive is ongoing and aggressive.

“I strongly believe the best thing to do in difficult times is to adapt to circumstan-ces.

“Not just the strongest or most intelligent can survive, so can too the ones that can adapt to changes,” she said.

Her statement ended by pledging full support for acting president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

Last month, breakaway factions from SPDP, SUPP and one assemblyman from SWP left the parties to form the Teras group.

Back then, the Teras group included 11 elected representatives.

Some, like Baram MP Anyi Ngau (SPDP) have since backtracked on their commitment to join Teras. On Friday, ex SPDP president Tan Sri William

Mawan Ikom, who is with Teras, admitted during a press conference some have “hopped out” of the breakaway group.

Meanwhile, two local dailies speculated this week that ex-Sibu SUPP leader Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh might also be reconsidering his allegiance with the Teras group.

In a Teras statement earlier this month, it said the party’s first triennial general meeting will be held on July 26, followed by a “Welcoming Dinner” at Imperial Hotel.

The statement also said Teras’ existing headquarters was at Lot 584-586, 2nd Floor, Jalan Taza here.

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