KUCHING, Jan 19, 2016:
Despite his popularity, the crisis within the state Barisan Nasional component party remains a thorn in Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s administration.
With time being of the essence, the disputes between Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Sarawak People’s Democratic Party (SPDP) and their off-shoot parties, namely United People’s Party (UPP) and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) respectively, seem to be a never ending challenge.
Latest rumours state that polls will be called between March and April but no dates have been revealed at this time.
Adenan, who is also state BN chairman, refused to comment on the issue saying that the crisis is to be resolved one day at a time.
“I do not have any problem with PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu) and PRS (Parti Rakyat Sarawak). But regarding the SUPP and SPDP crisis, we will find our way,” said Adenan when met after the Anak Kampongbook launch here today.
Both UPP and Teras have nine BN assemblyman, which they previously won while in their former parties.
Though they are yet to be officially recognised as components of BN, they regard themselves as “BN friendly” parties but want to settle scores with their old parties due to unresolved leadership tussles.
Among the nine seats held by UPP are Opar (Ranum Mina), Bengoh (Datuk Dr Jerip Susil) and Bawang Assan (Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh).
As for Teras, the seats include Tasik Biru (Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie), Engkilili (Johnical Rayong Ngipa), Pakan (Tan Sri William Mawan), Bekenu (Rosey Yunus), Marudi (Datuk Sylvester Entrie Muran) and Batu Danau (Paulus Gumbang).
Meanwhile, Adenan also said PBB would be fielding new faces this time as many of the seasoned representatives were seeking retirement.
Rumours that long serving Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang is to be dropped in the coming elections are rife but the Layar assemblyman, who has held the seat since 1974, denied all allegations.