Wong: SNAP assembly will be a family affair


  • Nation
  • Friday, 18 Apr 2003

BY JACK WONG

KUCHING: The Sarawak National Party’s (SNAP) triennial general assembly here on May 18 will be a low-key “family affair.” 

No representative from the Barisan Nasional component parties would be invited to the opening ceremony, said SNAP president Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min. 

The theme of the assembly would be Together We Move Forward, he said after chairing the party’s central executive committee meeting here yesterday.  

The 42-year-old SNAP was deregistered by the Registrar of Societies last Nov 5 for failing to resolve its leadership crisis. 

However, the party was “back in business” two weeks ago after the Court of Appeal stayed the ROC’s deregistration decision and granted SNAP permission to apply for an order to quash the decision.  

After the ROC’s decision, SNAP’s position in the Barisan was taken over by the new Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP). 

The SPDP, led by state Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk William Mawan Ikom, was born out of the SNAP crisis. Mawan was a former vice-president of SNAP. 

Wong said that about 300 delegates from all the 62 divisions would attend the assembly and elect new leaders. 

Divisions whichhave yet to hold their meetings must do so by April 16.  

The newly-formed credentials committee headed by party secretary-general Datuk Justine Jinggit was now accepting nominations of candidates for the party’s various posts.  

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