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Monday, June 18, 2007

Sarawak: The Politics of Patronage

Speaking at the ‘Ngiling Bidai’ (Gawai Dayak closing ceremony) held at Rumah ex-Councillor Kujat Dundang at Kampung Muhibbah Indah in Kanowit about 75km from Sibu, Gabriel Adit Demong the independent State assemblyman for Ngemah had on Friday night expressed high hopes that the Barisan Nasional (BN) would open its doors to him soonest possible.

Adit, however, clarified that until today, he had not received any formal invitation from any BN party to join them, and neither had he made any formal application to join any one of them.

When asked which BN party he preferred to join, he answered: “I give equal preference to PBB, SUPP, SPDP and PRS which are all in State BN. As you are aware, PBB and SUPP are neutral parties as far as the issue of Ngemah seat is concerned.”

He went on to say that for SPDP, the situation was a clear-cut one because he was a member of SPDP prior to the May 2006 State election. But if given the opportunity to join PRS, he said he will follow Larry Sng, the president-elected at the party’s recent Triennial Delegates Conference (TDC) in Kuching as he was very encouraged by Larry Sng’s words when he spoke at the pre-Gawai Dayak 2007 at Rumah Unchin Demo, Sungai Bejait, Jalan Nibong-Tada on May 27. more, read here
Meanwhile, at Dato William Mawan Gawai Open House at Kuching, Larry Sng said, the proposed merger talk between PRS and SPDP would resume once the ROS made it decisons on the PRS status. When asked on who would lead the merged entity, Larry was quick to suggest that Mawan would be the right choice because of his capability and leadership skills that made him a worthy leader. Mawan has shown over the years that he’s a capable leader in BN by successfully defending the Pakan state constituency for four terms since 1991. From our observation and discussions, we believed that he is someone we can trust, added Sng.

However, Mawan, who is also Minister of Social Development and Urbanisation, clarified that he did not align himself to a particular faction of PRS, and neither would he deem himself the leader proposed merged party. More, read here

It would seemed that Dato James Jemut Masing has been check-mate?

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