SIBU: The Sarawak Progressive Democractic Party (SPDP) is staying put in the Barisan Nasional and will not be leaving the coalition.
SPDP President Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said this to reporters after chairing a three-hour closed-door supreme council meeting on Sunday night. Tiong dismissed talks that the party would quit the Barisan as the allocation of seats for the May 7 state election is not to its favour.
The party has so far lost three of the four seats where the candidates had been confirmed by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
The other seat of Pakan has been given to SPDP breakaway group, Teras.
SPDP was given Meluan, Ba’Kelalan and Krian seats where it will be represented by Rolland Duat, Willie Liau and Kilat Briak.
The candidates for Marudi and Tasik Biru, two other seats where Teras is also contesting, are expected to be known soon when Adenan announces them.
The fight for Tasik Biru is between incumbent Datuk Peter Nansian (Teras) and Henry Jinep of SPDP while Marudi is between Datu Dr Pengguang Manggil (SPDP) and incumbent Datuk Slyvester Entri of Teras.
“There has been a lot of speculation about us leaving the BN or planting independent candidates in areas where we have failed to secure the seats. This is all not true as we will remain loyal to the BN and we will continue to support BN,” he clarified.
Tiong added that the party would even expel any of its member who contest the election.
Tiong also said that he had met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Adenan on Sunday to convey his message that Barisan Nasional direct candidates from the United People’s Party (UPP) and Teras must only join any of the four component parties and not a BN friendly party.
“I have also told them that during the election, Teras and UPP flags must not be displayed,” he added.