Teras Krian wants Mawan to de­fend Sara­tok as BN can­di­date

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KUCH­ING: Parti Te­naga Rakyat Sarawak ( Teras) Krian divi­sion on Fri­day re­solved in their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing (AGM) that Sara­tok MP Tan Sri Wil­liam Mawan Ikom be re-nom­i­nated to de­fend the con­stituency as the Barisan Na­sional (BN) can­di­date in the com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tion.

In a press state­ment yes­ter­day, its chair­man Banyi Be­riak said the AGM was at­tended by all its mem­bers of more than 3,000.

“Teras ac­knowl­edges that YB Tan Sri Wil­liam Mawan has brought tremen­dous de­vel­op­ment to Sara­tok and needs more time for him to im­ple­ment some more of his plans and vi­sion. Teras Krian has high re­gards and re­spect for him ( Mawan) be­cause he was Teras pres­i­dent and though he has left the party out of tech­ni­cal­ity he has been very ac­tive and ap­proach­able,” said Banyi, who is also Teras deputy sec­re­tary- gen­eral and ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary.

Banyi pointed out that Mawan had been re­garded as the best per­form­ing MP from Sarawak.

He also de­scribed his divi­sion as “…very much alive and kick­ing”.

“Very soon a new line-up (of the divi­sion) will be cho­sen (elected),” he said.

Among those at­tend­ing the AGM were sec­re­tary Su­dok Mesa, trea­surer Al­bert Ren­gian and other of­fice bear­ers and mem­bers like Tuai Rumah Julius Eng­gan, Gelun­gan, Den­nis, Je­mat, Tuai Rumah Jan­tai, Terang Langi, Tuai Rumah Ma­jang, Mula, Ram­bey, Tuai Rumah Ju­ing, Tuai Rumah Jim­bat, Tuai Rumah Bama, Adam Saoh, Tuai Rumah Ma­jid, Gundi and Munju, the state­ment said.

Banyi’s state­ment came right af­ter three per­son­al­i­ties – Dr James Chella, Basil Thomas and Subeng Mula – had lob­bied to be the Sarawak Pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic Party ( SPDP) can­di­date for the Sara­tok con­stituency in the com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tion.

SPDP is a BN com­po­nent party while Teras is a BN-friendly party. Mawan is the only BN Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment in Malaysia with­out a party.

He be­came party-less af­ter he quit Teras in order to be­come a di­rect BN can­di­date in Pakan dur­ing the May 7, 2016 state elec­tion in which he was vic­to­ri­ous.

How­ever, it is an open se­cret that Mawan and SPDP pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing have met and agreed last year on a ‘uni­fi­ca­tion process’ in­volv­ing mem­bers of SPDP and Teras.

Banyi (seated cen­tre) dur­ing a photo call with Teras Krian divi­sion com­mit­tee and or­di­nary mem­bers.

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