Tiong: No application from Mawan to join PDP yet

Tiong (fourth left), Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (fifth left) and other state BN leaders at the launching of PDP's new name and logo ceremony held at a hotel in Kuching last night.

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KUCHING, Nov 13: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said independent Saratok incumbent Tan Sri William Mawan has yet to apply to join the party.

He said if Mawan were to apply, the supreme council would decide whether to field him.

“The meeting was held today but until now, there was no application from Tan Sri (Mawan).

“Whether I am waiting for him or he is waiting for me, if he is interested to apply as a member, then he applies. The forms and everything are available at our HQ,” Tiong told the press at the launching of PDP’s new name and logo tonight at a hotel here last night.

He said if Mawan were to join the party, the supreme council will decide if the latter will be fielded to defend the Saratok seat in the pending general election.

Tiong, who is Bintulu MP said PDP has been allocated four parliamentary seats and the party will definitely field a candidate there.

“We have potential candidates if he does not apply,” he said but refused to disclose any names.

He said PDP would not only make sure that it delivers all the four seats for the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in the coming general election, it would also help other component parties to defend or win the seats.

PDP was formerly known as Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

Mawan who is the former SPDP president left the party to set up a new party Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (TERAS), where he also became its first president.

As TERAS is not a BN component party, he resigned from the party to become a BN direct candidate in 2016 to defend the state constituency seat for Pakan.

Mawan won the seat.

With the general election drawing near, Mawan will need to join a BN component party — with PDP thought to be the most likely choice — to be fielded as a BN candidate.

Due to friendly interaction between Mawan and PDP leaders, Mawan has been expected to rejoin PDP and to continue to represent the party should he stand in Saratok. — DayakDaily