The newly elected and undisputed president of Sarawak Workers Party, Mr Larry Sng has reiterated that the fresh-from-the-oven party is not against BN…but on the other hand, not fully supportive of PRS, either.
Let’s just say, if SWP had a facebook page, its relationship status with BN/PRS would be “it’s complicated”.
Just for the sake of entertainment, I’ve come up with several possibilities of how the two parties will face up to each other in the 13th General Election, which will most probably be in a month or two.
Here goes!…The six PRS parliamentary seats are Hulu Rajang, Selangau, Kanowit, Julau, Lubok Antu and Sri Aman.
In Hulu Rajang (P216) it will likely be a fight between PRS’ Wilson Ugak against SWP’s George Lagong. (Incumbent is Datuk Billy Abit Joo, who could play the role of spoiler or supporter to Ugak)
In Selangau (P214), it will likely be a fight between PRS’ Datuk Joseph Entulu against SWP’s Datuk Sng Chee Hua. (Tough fight for the incumbent as the challenger’s campaign fund pockets are perceived to be quite deep)
In Julau (P209), it will likely be a fight between PRS’ Datuk Joseph Salang against SWP’s Larry Sng (Tough fight for the incumbent as the challenger’s father’s campaign fund pockets are perceived to be quite deep)
In Kanowit (P210), it will likely be a fight between PRS’ Datuk Aaron Dagang against SWP’s Ellision Ludan. (Ellision who?)
In Lubok Antu (P203), it will likely be a fight between PRS’ William Nyalau against SWP’s Jonathan Jalin. (Jonathan who?)
In Sri Aman (P202), I’m not sure who PRS’ Masir Kujat will fight against. (In GE12 it was a straight fight between him and independent candidate Cobbold John Lusoi; the incumbent at the time was Jimmy Donald)
For those who are waiting for the non-BN-friendly opposition to name their candidates, I say don’t even bother because in these seats, this is THE main draw.
Of course, this list of mine is purely speculative and would need countless hours more of serious research at discussions…at the coffeeshop and barbershop, to ascertain the accuracy.
As always, the experts in such establishments will be busy analyzing these developments and if you’re lucky you might hear something from someone who heard something from someone else who actually heard it from the horse’s mouth!
How BERNAMA (through The Borneo Post) wrote about “BN-friendliness” (extracts):
Sarawak Workers’ Party not BN-friendly, says State BN Sec-Gen
May 29, 2012
MIRI: Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) has described the decision by the newly-formed Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) to contest against Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) as “not the right move”.
Sarawak BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said it was weird for SWP to declare itself as a BN-friendly party, but at the same time decided to contest in the six parliamentary seats held by PRS, one of the state BN component parties.
“How can you call us friends when you are fighting with one of us?” he told reporters after chairing the 2012 state-level youth gathering committee meeting, here, today.
Yesterday, newly-elected SWP president Larry Sng announced that the party planned to contest against PRS in the six parliamentary seats of Lubok Antu, Sri Aman, Hulu Rajang, Kanowit, Julau and Selangau.
Sng, who is a former state assistant minister and two-term Pelagus assemblyman, however, said the party would be friendly to the rest of the BN component parties.
Pelagus assemblyman George Lagong, who won the seat as an independent candidate, was elected SWP deputy president.
Sarawak BN comprises Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and PRS.
How The Borneo Post feels about YB Wong Judat:
Is Wong Judat eyeing Julau?
May 30, 2012
KUCHING: Meluan assemblyman Wong Judat appears to be harbouring the hope of contesting in Julau under Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) ticket, judging by his latest comments.
Wong is a vice president of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), a component of Barisan Nasional (BN), and for him to contest in the Julau parliamentary constituency he will have to leave SPDP and join SWP.
This is because Julau is allocated to another BN component, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), and that being the case there is no chance for him or SPDP to contest under BN ticket there. The incumbent is PRS vice-president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, who is a federal deputy minister.
When contacted yesterday Wong claimed: “There is nothing wrong for me to contest in Julau because SWP is also pro-BN. It all depends on two things, firstly the people in Julau and the reality on the ground.”
He also responded to a public query on whether he was paving the way for SWP to merge with SPDP.
“There is nothing wrong if they (SWP and SPDP) want to merge one day. SWP is also pro-BN,” he claimed.
When asked about his presence at the SWP dinner in Sibu on Monday night Wong said: “I only ‘ngabang’ (visiting),”
Wong also spoke at the dinner which SWP president Larry Sng hosted. About 3,000 people attended the dinner.
During the dinner Wong told the press that he was disappointed with Salang as well as PRS deputy president Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun for not giving face to SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom when they flatly rejected Mawan’s reconciliation efforts in Julau by not even sending representatives to sit down and talk with Mawan.
Instead they added insult to injury by saying that only he (Wong) had to make amends and apologise, he added.