MIRI, Nov 1, 2015:

The Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) has denied rumours that the 13-year old party has quit the Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling coalition.

SPDP president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said malicious rumours were being spread around claiming that the party had left BN, especially in constituencies allocated to the party.

“I can assure you that SPDP is without any doubt a BN component party, like our counterparts Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) in Sarawak,” he said at a “SPDP Leaders With the People” event in Marudi today.

The event organised by the SPDP Youth Wing was held at Rumah Aji Sungei Selepin Baroh with more than 700 people turning up at the function.

On the Marudi state seat, Tiong said the seat traditionally had been allocated to SPDP and the party would field a new face for the seat.

Sources told Bernama that a senior state goverment servant based in Marudi was tipped to be SPDP’s candidate for the seat in the 11th state election widely expected to be held early next year.

Tiong in April this year had announced in Kuching that the party would field lawyer Cila Nasu for Tasik Biru; lawyer Kilat Beriak (Krian); quantity surveyor Belayong Jampong (Meluan); businessman Brian Fung (Pakan); and lawyer Fabian Andrew Sigar (Ba Kelalan).

He refused to name the candidates for the Marudi, Bekenu and Batu Danau seats as the party was still in the process of gathering feedback from the grassroots.

Present at the function were Baram Member of Parliament Anyi Ngau, SPDP Women’s wing chief Datuk Chew Yen Chiew, Youth wing chief Councilor Robert Ayu, SPDP Telang Usan chairman Wan Lah and representatives from PBB, SUPP and PRS.

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