KUCHING: Limbang assemblyman Richard Wong’s appoinment as a Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) vice-president will take effect after amendments to the party constitution are approved by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
SPDP general secretary Dr Judson Tagal said yesterday the party, which concluded its first triennial general meeting on Friday, would send the application by next week.
Wong’s appointment followed the addition of two new vice-president posts in the SPDP. Wong is the son of former Sarawak National Party (SNAP) president Datuk Amar James Wong.
Wong and Meluan assemblyman and former Independent Wong Judat, who was appointed as a supreme council member, joined the SPDP to remain in Barisan Nasional.
Sarawak Infrastructure Deelopment and Communications Assistant Minister Dr Judson said the meeting unanimously endorsed the resolution to increase the number of appointed supreme council members from four to seven.
The amendment also stated that the minimum number of members to form a division would be reduced from 600 to 300, Dr Judson said.
At the division and branch levels, the committee was expanded to have a deputy chairman, three vice-chairmen, an information officer and five elected committee members, apart from the existing chairman and vice-chairman.
The SPDP, which targeted 62 divisions, had more than 40 registered divisions in Sarawak. 80% of its 53,000 members comprised former SNAP members, Dr Jurgon said.
Sarawak Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Wiliam Mawan was elected president; Tourism Assistant Minister Peter Nyarok deputy president; while the two senior vice-presidents were Tasik Biru assemblyman Peter Nansian and Baram MP Jacob Sagan.
The elected vice-presidents were Deputy National Unity and Social Development Minister Dr Tiki Lafe, Dr Roland Dom Matu and political secretary to the Chief Minister Jelain Mersat.
Two other vice-presidents are Marudi assemblyman and Youth chief Sylvester Entrie and Wanita chief Chew Yen Chew. Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing was appointed treasurer-general. – Bernama