By S. Harrish
A GROUP of Pakan grassroots leaders from Gabungan Parti Sarawak component parties has been chided by other other community leaders after calling for a new GPS candidate in the Pakan state seat.
A longhouse headman, also known Tuai Rumah, said the group’s proposal was not only inappropriate but disrespectful of the spirit of consensus practiced by GPS top leadership in choosing the candidates.
The Tuai Rumah, who preferred to be anonymous, said several other longhouse chiefs also disagreed with the group’s statement, said a report in the Borneo Post.
The grassroots leaders, who called for the change, claim to be party branch chairmen and several councilors from Parti Rakyat Sarawak, Progressive Democratic Party and PBB.
They proposed Edwin Bandang, whom they said is not a member of any political party, to replace incumbent Tan Sri William Mawan.
“If it is true that their proposed candidate, Edwin Bandang is ‘party less’, then what is the rationale behind it especially when he is known to be the treasurer of PRS Pakan branch and had served as Special Assistant to the former MP for Julau?” the Tuai Rumah asked.
He said they did not respect the sensitivity of other component parties especially Mawan and over 6,000 GPS supporters who had followed him to join PBB.
He noted that the PRS Pakan chairman failed to defend his Julau Parliamentary seat for Barisan Nasional in the last general election because of lack of cooperation among members of component parties.
The Tuai Rumah said it was best to leave it to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg to decide on the candidate.