MIRI: A call has been made by SPDP on Sarawak Barisan Nasional leaders to intervene and “correct” what is perceived as unjust allocation of local councillor posts in the state.
The party would table a motion with regard to this particular issue at the state Barisan council meeting in Kuching today, SPDP secretary-general Datuk Nelson Balang Rining (pic) told The Star yesterday.
Balang said his party had been sidelined in the provision of councillor posts and urged for Barisan to implement remedial measures,
“It is a matter of urgent concern to SPDP and also to the rest of the state Barisan. This issue must be discussed in details.
“SPDP is an important part of Barisan at state and national levels. We deserve better treatment and would want a detailed explanation on why the party has been sidelined in this respect,” he said.
Balang said the state top Barisan leaders must act to douse the increasing discontent among certain sections of the coalition’s supporters over the latest appointment of councillors as announced by Local Government and Community Develop–ment Ministry Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh recently.
He said the state Barisan had to act fast as the councils statewide had begun the swearing-in process and allocation of portfolios.
Balang claimed that the ministry had not consulted SPDP before
making the final decision, despite the party having proposed a list of very qualified candidates.
Instead the ministry appointed councillors who were not from SPDP, despite the quota reserved for it.
“This is not fair and definitely not in the spirit of the Barisan,” Balang stressed.
SPDP deputy president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said the meddling hands from SPDP’s five expelled people’s representatives that had resulted the party not getting the allotment for councillor seats as it deserved.
Expressing similar sentiment, Marudi SPDP chief Alexander Asing hoped Barisan would realise that the most important people for the coalition were those from its component parties.
“There are very loyal SPDP people who have been with Barisan for
decades — they are now questioning why Barisan has treated SPDP in such a manner.
“What happened is an insult to those who have been loyal and faithful to Barisan all these years,” he stressed, pointing out that all the councillor posts had gone to those who were proposed by sacked SPDP members — the four state assemblymen and one MP who were sacked by SPDP two years ago.
Out of 32 councils in Sarawak, those based in major cities and towns have completed their swearing-in ceremonies and are now planning the allocation of porfolios.