Cracks in SNAP as deputy president backs BN against Pakatan

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  • Friday, 07 May 2010

KUCHING: Sarawak National Party (SNAP) appears to be headed for a split even before the Court of Appeal delivers its judgment next month on the party’s application to set aside the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) decision to deregister the party nearly eight years ago.

The president, Edwin Dundang, and his deputy, Ting Ling Kiew, are embroiled in a bitter war of words with the latter firing the latest salvo saying members should shun Pakatan Rakyat as SNAP is technically still in the Barisan Nasional.

Ting also claimed that the party was not consulted over the decision to join Pakatan.

On Wednesday, Dundang said Ting “was no longer with SNAP” as he had been suspended for campaigning for Barisan in the Batang Ai by-election last year.

Ting, however, snapped back saying his suspension was against the party constitution because it was not endorsed by the central executive committee.

Other developments:

> Ting claims the Prime Minister has assured him SNAP is still in Barisan;

> Dundang says Ting has no locus standi to speak on behalf of the party;

> Members consider forming a new party to be called SNAP Baru if the Court of Appeal rules in favour of RoS.

Related Story: Refurbished SNAP to have active new role in BN

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