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Monday July 23, 2012

Meluan rep resigns from SPDP to join SWP

KUCHING: SPDP is expected to lose another of its assemblymen at the end of this month, leaving Tan Sri William Mawan as the sole Dewan Undangan Negeri member in the party.

Meluan assemblyman, Wong Judat is set to leave SPDP to contest against Barisan Nasional in the coming parliamentary elections.

He told The Star yesterday he had made up his mind to join Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) so that he could contest against Information, Communications and Culture Deputy Minister Datuk Joseph Salang in Julau.

“Yes, I will resign from SPDP and join SWP.

“I will be meeting SPDP president (Mawan) and deputy president (Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing) in Kuala Lumpur on July 30 as a show of respect to both of them before I resign from the party the next day,” he said.

Asked if he was not jumping the gun by making known his quit decision even before his meeting with Mawan and Tiong, Wong said: “The outcome of the meeting will have no bearing on my decision. Nothing can change my mind and nobody can stop me.”

Wong said his decision to leave SPDP and join SWP was final, insisting that he would contest in Julau on SWP ticket if Salang was renominated to defend the seat.

“I am merely fulfilling the wishes of the people there. They want a local to represent them, a local who understands their needs and aspirations and one who will distribute development projects fairly,” he said.

Wong has been on the war path, alleging unfair distribution of projects by the Julau incumbent.

He has been telling all and sundry that if incumbent Salang is nominated to defend Julau, he (Wong) would contest againt him.

PRS has made known its decision on several occassions that Salang would be fielded again in the coming parliamentary elections.

Wong yesterday reiterated that he was not against SPDP or any other BN component parties.

“I and SWP support the state and federal leadership fully. We are BN-friendly. We are only against PRS,” he said.

Asked how good his chances were in delivering the Julau seat for SWP, Wong said: “I am very confident that I will win against Salang. There is no point resigning from SPDP to contest against Salang if I cannot win.”

Asked if he might regret his decision as he would lose all the benefits as an elected BN representative, he said: “What benefit? To me? Let me be clear, I don’t do this (quitting) for self gain. I am 48 years old now, not a 17-year-old kid. I am a mature person, so there’s no such thing as regret.”

Asked how he felt about leaving Mawan as the sole state assemblyman in SPDP, Wong said: “Well, if he feels lonely there, he can always join me in SWP.

“But I must say that Tan Sri (Mawan) and Datuk Seri (Tiong) and the rest of the party members have been very kind to me and since SWP is friendly to SPDP, we are still and will always be friends.”

Wong made his election debut in 2001, standing and winning as an independent in Meluan.

He joined SPDP in 2003 and is currently one of the SPDP’s vice-presidents.

SPDP lost four of its assemblyman and an MP when Mawan dropped Datuk Sylvester Entrie Muran as the party’s secretary-general and made him a vice-president.

Tasik Biru assemblyman Peter Nansian, Bekenu assemblyman Rosie Yunus, Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang and Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe stood behind Sylvester and together they left SPDP to form the infamous Group of Five (G5).

Today they are partyless but have styled themselves as the Barisan Nasional Club.