KUCHING: The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) has recommended candidates to replace three political secretaries to the Chief Minister from the recently deregistered Sarawak National Party (SNAP).
SPDP vice-president Peter Nyarok Entrie said the candidates’ names were submitted to Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud when top party leaders met him about two weeks ago.
“We expect the replacements to be announced after our party’s inaugural general assembly (today),” he said in an interview yesterday.
The three political secretaries are Stanley Jugol (SNAP's last deputy secretary-general), Joseph Jinggut and John Lee.
The other political secretary to the Chief Minister from SNAP – Jelain Mersat – is with SPDP.
Earlier when opening the inaugural delegates conference of the party’s Youth and Women wings at Harbour View Hotel, Nyarok said the party would be getting a senator’s seat.
Senator Datuk William Lau from SNAP is now without a party.
Nyarok, also state Assistant Minister for Tourism, said as a rural-based party, SPDP should focus its attention and efforts to improve the well being of the rural people and academic standards of rural pupils.
“Many longhouses and villagers in the interiors are lagging behind in development.
“Rural pupils are far behind in their academic performance as well as knowledge in computer and Internet compared with their urban counterparts.”
He urged the Youth and Women movements to come up with ideas on how to speed up rural development, like opening up of native customary rights land for agriculture.
He urged the members to establish close links with their counterparts in the Barisan Nasional component parties to ensure that the coalition retained all the 28 parliamentary seats in the next polls.
Youth pro tem leader Sylvester Entri Muran said the movement should be able to voice its opinions on issues that affected the welfare of the people.
He advised members to always adopt a rational approach in making decisions.