Posted: 04 Dec 2011 06:24 AM PST
News Sunday, December 4th, 2011
MIRI: All the seven branches of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) in Marudi constituency yesterday disassociated themselves from the party, and formed the Barisan Nasional (BN) Committee N66 Marudi.
The move was in retaliation to the sacking of Marudi assemblyman, Datuk Sylvester Entri from SPDP on Nov 25.
"This is to show that we still want to be in the Barisan Nasional and work closely with the government. We will maintain the former line up in the party in all the seven branches, except those who wish not to join us," said Entri to reporters after the BN meet-the-people session at the Dewan Masyarakat of Beluru, Bakong yesterday.
He added that the purpose of forming the BN Committee in all these branches was to ensure continuity of the government's development projects for the people in the constituency.
Some 800 hardcore supporters of Entri attended the dialogue in a show of support for him.
They were from Marudi, Beluru, Nabor, Jegan Hilir, Jegan Ulu, Teruking and Pengalayan. The branches have some 3,000 registered party members.
Among those present at the dialogue were Penghulu Engah Muja, Penghulu Sedu Gerang, the SPDP Marudi Youth chief Philip Anyie, community leaders – Tuai Rumah (TR) Jubin Sigai, TR Kayong Anam, Councillor Kallang Ami, who all spoke at the dialogue on in support of Entri.
Entri who is also the Assistant Minister for Public Utilities (Water Supply) added that the dialogue was also to explain to his supporters the events that led to his sacking from the party, and the removal of the rest of the so-called SPDP 5 from official posts in the party.
The other four, all elected representatives, are Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe, Datuk Peter Nansian, Rosey Yunus and Paulus Palu Gumbang.
Earlier during the dialogue session, Entri assured the people that the government would continue to bring development to Marudi constituency.
"Don't listen to SPDP which said they want to take over the projects and allocations, now that I am no more SPDP member."
"It is not right and unethical for the party to take over government projects and allocation channelled through the respective elected representatives of the ruling government," he explained.
Entri said adhering to the directive from SPDP forbidding him from using the party logo, his service centre in Marudi and the other Bakong would instead use the BN symbol.
The billboard at Bakong was taken down yesterday and replaced with the BN billboard.
Source: The Borneo Post
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