SPDP will not give up seats

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 21 May 2003

MIRI: The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) will not give up the seven state and four parliamentary seats that it took over from the Sarawak National Party (SNAP). 

SPDP deputy president Peter Nyarok said there was no question of SNAP ever taking back the seats. 

“When SNAP was deregistered (in October) last year, SPDP was formed and was duly approved as a political party by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).  

“Soon after that, SPDP was officially accepted into Barisan Nasional at both the state and Federal levels. 

“During our meetings with top state and national Barisan leaders, we were assured that all the seats previously contested by SNAP now belong to SPDP. 

“In fact, all those who contested the four parliamentary and seven state seats under SNAP are now with SPDP. This status quo will remain,” he said during a telephone interview from Kuching yesterday. 

Nyarok was asked to comment on a statement by newly-elected SNAP president Edwin Dundang on Sunday that the party wanted back all the seats it once held.  

Dundang had said that SNAP was still a Barisan component party as it has been granted leave by the Federal Court to appeal to the High Court against the ROS decision to deregister the party. 

“As long as the case is under appeal, SNAP can continue to function as usual,” he said.  

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