Wednesday August 1, 2012
Meluan rep to reveal his future in SPDP today
By NIGEL EDGAR
KUCHING: The Internet was yesterday abuzz with claims that Meluan assemblyman Wong Judat has quit SPDP but the man himself has neither confirmed nor denied this.
“I will give an official statement when I am in Sarikei tomorrow (today),” the SPDP vice-president told The Star. The only confirmation he gave was about his meeting with two top SPDP leaders in Kuala Lumpur on Monday night.
SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom and deputy president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing had met him in what many see as a last-ditch effort to convince the assemblyman to stay put in the party and in Barisan Nasional.
Wong has been butting heads with Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, who is a PRS vice-president, since early this year.
Claiming that the MP had not served his constituents well, he had threatened to contest against Salang in the coming polls on the newly-formed Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) ticket.
On July 23, Wong was quoted by a local paper as saying that he would meet Mawan and Tiong in Kuala Lumpur and that he would resign from the party the next day.
“The outcome of the meeting will have no bearing on my decision. Nothing can change my mind and nobody can stop me,” he had said.
But on Tuesday, Wong was reported by the same local daily as saying that he had not made up his mind and that he was merely stating his intention to quit.
Salang, the Information, Communications, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, has been unperturbed by Wong’s threats.
“Wong has often said he has pro-blems with me but I have no quarrel with him,” he had told the press recently.
Wong has been the Meluan as-semblyman for three terms. He won the seat as an independent in 2001 and joined SPDP in 2003. Meluan is one of two state seats under the Julau parliamentary constituency.