Accommodative BN causing dissatisfaction among SUPP, SPDP supporters


I cannot help, but blame Sarawak Barisan Nasional leadership for being too  accommodative when it comes to making political decisions concerning United People’s Party and Parti Tenaga Rakyat (Teras).

By being so accommodative to UPP and Teras, the BN is hurting the feelings of its component parties, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and their supporters.

Why the BN has to be too accommodative to UPP and Teras, which are not even its component parties, at the expense of the loyal SUPP and SPDP?

Now, SUPP and SPDP are not sure whether they are still as important as before to the BN or even its members.

The feelings among supporters and members of these two parties are one of unhappiness with the BN leadership.

SUPP, for example, has decided to by-pass the BN chairman and Chief Minister Adenan Satem the customary of announcing its names of candidates for the coming state election.

SUPP president Senator Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian has unofficially released the names of most of the party’s candidates for the coming election.

Is SUPP sending a subtle message to Adenan to deal with it with respect?

The SUPP leadership has already asserted it will go ahead with contesting all its seats in the election, and will not share any of the seats with the splinter UPP.

At a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Razak, Adenan and Wong Soon Koh,  Dr Sim told them that SUPP would definitely go for the seats it contested in the last state election.

If SUPP really goes ahead as it says it will, then how is Adenan going to stop SUPP? Expel it from the BN?

Not likely. Well, in the first place, SUPP is not challenging the candidates from any BN party and secondly, UPP is not a BN member.

So who is to blame for the predicament that the BN is facing now?

Going back to recent history, rebel group led by Wong Soon Koh broke away from SUPP to form UPP in 2014.

The same goes with Teras. It was formed in 2013 by a rebel group backed by the so-called “Gang of 5” consisting of Peter Nansian, Sylvester Entri, Rosey Yunus, Paulus Gumbang and Tiki Lafe.

The five were sacked by William Mawan from SPDP for insubordination.

The irony is Mawan,  for whatever reasons, ungracefully left SPDP to join the Gang of 5 in Teras in 2014.

SUPP and SPDP argued that since these former SUPP and SPDP elected representatives were no longer with them, Adenan should sack them from their government posts.

But the chief minister sees no reasons to drop them from the government’s appointment.

After all, it is the prerogative of any chief minister, under the State Constitution, whom he wants to be in his Cabinet and this should not be questioned by anyone.

Agreed. But it is not the prerogative of the State BN leadership to pick names from non-BN parties, like UPP and Teras, to be the candidates contesting on BN’s symbol. If this happens, then it is unacceptable to the BN parties.

It can lead to the break-up of the State BN and that the BN leadership should expect supporters of SUPP and SPDP to vote for the opposition in the coming election.

It is better that the BN leadership endorse the candidate lists submitted by SUPP and SPDP to prevent any dissatisfaction and discontentment among their supporters from getting serious.

I suspect that the BN leadership is playing with time.

Or is it a case of trying to please friends or people that you know for a long time and who have been your colleagues all this while?

UPP president Wong Soon Koh and Teras boss William Mawan are known to Adenan for a long time. They remain as ministers courtesy of the chief minister, despite strong objections from SUPP and SPDP leaders.

It begs us the question of whether friendship and politics are involved in retaining them in the State Cabinet?

Your guess is as good as mine.