Two from SPDP sworn in as political secretaries to CM

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 08 Jun 2003

KUCHING: The newly-formed Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) has been given two additional posts of political secretary to the Chief Minister. 

Party deputy secretary-general Paul Igai, 46, and Satok division chief Sim Hang Seng, 47, took their oaths of office before Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here on Friday. 

Both Igai and Sim are businessmen. They took up the vacancies left by former political secretaries to the Chief Minister from the Sarawak National Party (SNAP). 

Three SNAP political secretaries – Edmund Stanley Jugol, Joseph Jinggut and John Lee – were dropped after the party was deregistered by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) last November. 

SNAP, however, was back in business two months ago after the Court of Appeal granted permission to the party to apply for an order to quash the ROS’ decision. 

The application has not been heard.  

Igai described his appointment as a timely gift for his birthday on June 10. 

SPDP’s third political secretary to the Chief Minister is Jelaing Mersat, its vice-president. 

Jelaing is the only one of the four SNAP political secretaries to the Chief Minister who left with other SNAP leaders to form the SPDP.  

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