KUCHING: Teras president Tan Sri William Mawan says Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s recent statement that MPs would not be fielded in the coming state election does not refer to him.
Mawan, who is Saratok MP, said Adenan had explained that he was referring to PBB MPs and that it did not apply across the board.
“He told me it was a general statement and I am an exception. In any case he was talking to a PBB audience and their MPs will not be nominated for the coming polls.
“Actually I didn’t ask for (the explanation), I seem to know what he meant, so no harm done as far as I’m concerned,” he told reporters after presenting minor rural project grants totalling RM647,500 to 47 organisations at his office here yesterday.
Mawan is also the assemblyman for Pakan, a seat he won in the last state polls on an SPDP ticket before quitting the party last year to form Teras following an internal dispute.
Adenan had said after chairing a PBB supreme council meeting last month that the party would not field MPs to contest in the polls.
“The general rule is if you’re an MP, you’re an MP only. Very few are MPs and state assemblymen at the same time. So I think this time round, no MP will be standing in the state election,” he was quoted as saying.
On the Bersih 4 rally, Mawan said Malaysians should address their dissatisfaction through the electoral process rather than street protests which could lead to chaos.
“As a politician, I don’t like rallies and demonstrations because we already have a system in place. Why do we have to do this?
“If you have a protest, there will be a counter-protest and when you put things on a collision course there will be problems. People who go to work or are managing a business will be affected,” he said.
He added that if the public was unhappy about something, the best way to convey it was through the proper forum such as elections.
“Don’t go into the streets. That’s not our culture. We have a problem, yes, but if we make use of the system that we already have in place, I’m sure this problem can be solved,” he said.