Community chiefs chide SPDP, aspirant for showing disrespect

BELURU: Political temperature in Marudi has risen when 62 longhouse chiefs and community leaders have accused SPDP and its aspiring candidate Datu Dr Penguang Manggil for the constituency, of disrespecting them, the civil service and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

In a signed statement released here yesterday, the group slammed the party and Penguang for disregarding Adenan’s stand in publicly endorsing Marudi incumbent Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the next state election.

They called on the state government to take disciplinary action against Penguang, who is also permanent secretary to Local Government and Community Development Ministry, for being involved in politics while still in office.

They said his presence at SPDP political functions in Bakong recently was against the standing order of the state civil

“If Datu Dr Penguang feels that he is popular as a politician, he should resign immediately to take up the challenge; instead of hiding himself under the pretext of a civil servant attending political functions,” they said.

SPDP held a ‘Leaders Meet People’ session at Rumah Aji, Sungei Selepin Baroh last Saturday where party president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing assured the constituents that SPDP was still a BN component party and also very active on the ground.

The function was also attended by Baram MP Anyi Ngau who is also SPDP vice president, SPDP Wanita chief Datuk Chew Yen Chiew, SPDP Youth chief Councillor Robert Ayu, SPDP Telang Usan chairman Wan Lah and Penguang

The longhouse chiefs voiced their unequivocal support for incumbent Entri, who is Assistant Minister of Public Utilities, to be retained as BN candidate for Marudi as he was the most winnable and one with a proven track record in serving the constituents well over the past four terms.

They said this was the sentiment of the electorate here, and also those in Nabor, Jegan, Teruking and Pengelayan.

“We are committed to ensure that BN would retain Marudi through Datuk Sylvester (Entri).”

Meanwhile, the group also reminded Baram MP Anyi Ngau, who is from SPDP, to be mindful that it was the majority of the voters in Marudi who sent him into Parliament in the last general election, extending their support under Entri’s leadership.

“Politically, we’re not against him (Anyi) but he should know that the majority of Marudi voters support Datuk Sylvester (Entri),” they said, in reference to Anyi’s introduction of Penguang as SPDP candidate for Marudi last month.-Borneo Post

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