Party president Datuk William Mawan said the assemblymen joined SPDP December last year after being partyless for a year following the deregistration of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak in 2004.
“It makes little sense in changing them ... they are still performing ... still enjoying the support of the majority in their constituencies,” he said.
He said certain decisions might have been made but they might and could be changed to suit prevailing conditions and developments on the ground, especially in the best interests of the Barisan Nasional (BN).
“The bottom line is they are still BN representatives, elected on its ticket. When their former party was deregistered, they opted to join us, a BN component, and not the opposition,” he after a meet-the-people session organised by the Special Affairs Department last night.
Mawan’s support is seen as a reply to Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing’s statement at a similar function at another longhouse on Saturday.
Dr Masing had said the seats have been given to his party and that equally qualified candidates have been identified to replace Adit and Stanley.
“Adit and Stanley have joined SPDP. It is now the party’s responsibility to campaign for them ... strengthen the grassroots ... ensure they get renominated and more importantly, to win the seats for the BN,” Mawan said.
“Of course, if there are changes later, we will play by the rule,” he said.
Mawan said Dayak leaders must look at the overall interests of the community, especially in the future.
“We must make concerted efforts to unite our community now so that we can become very united and strong,” he said.
On the proposed PRS-SPDP merger, he said, it was a very heavy responsibility.
“If we want to merge, let us show we can be one in spirit, thought, dream, words and actions. If there is much bad blood between us, how are we to come together and face each other after the election?” he asked.
Earlier, in his speech, SPDP deputy president Datuk Peter Nyarok said his party was sincere about the merger.
Nyarok, who is the party’s chief negotiator in the merger talks, claimed that if the initiative was riddled with problems, it was due to “certain individuals.” – Bernama