No political vendetta, says Sagan


  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Jan 2003

BY STEPHEN THEN

MIRI: There is no vendetta against politicians loyal to the president of the deregistered Sarawak National Party, said Jacob Sagan, pro tem senior vice-president of the new Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) which was formed after a six-month unresolved leadership crisis in SNAP. 

“The SPDP is slowly taking over public administrative posts held by former members of SNAP because it is part of the natural process of administrative revamp and not a form of political revenge,” he said in an interview here. 

Last Wednesday, Sagan was named by SPDP pro tem president Datuk William Mawan as the new chairman of the Miri Port Authority, a post that was held for the past few years by Edwin Dundang, a former Miri division leader of SNAP and a keen supporter of SNAP president Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min. 

“These posts are formerly under SNAP and now that the party has been deregistered, it is just natural that SPDP accepts these posts if offered to us by the government,” said Sagan. 

The MP for Baram was among eight former SNAP leaders who formed the new party after the Registrar of Societies deregistered SNAP late last year. 

Sagan said he did not view his appointment to the port’s chairmanship as a political reward for his role in SPDP. 

“This post should not be linked to the political issue. I will handle both positions separately.” 

Asked about his plans for the RM300mil Miri Port, Sagan said he would discuss future plans for the port with the state government after he had completed all the management-handover procedures.  

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