“Angry SPDP members have called for the party leaders to pull out of BN over its exclusion from the federal cabinet despite delivering four parliamentary seats.” — see FMT report (17 May 2013)
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party fielded candidates for the parliamentary seats of Mas Gading, Saratok, Bintulu and Baram in GE13.
SPDP reps Nogeh Anak Gumbek, William Mawan Ikom, Tiong King Sing and Anyi Ngau all won their seats, notching a 4/4 scorecard.
Meanwhile, Parti Rakyat Sarawak had fielded six candidates in the parliamentary seats of Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Kanowit, Selangau and Hulu Rajang.
PRS reps Masir Anak Kujat, William @ Nyallau Anak Badak, Joseph Salang Anak Gandum, Ago Anak Dagang, Joseph Entulu Anak Belaun and Ugak Anak Kumbong — what green and eco-friendly names they all have! — won their seats too, scoring a 6/6 tally.
Both parties between them delivered 10 Parliament seats to BN. Please juxtapose this info against the MCA’s seven seats obtained on life support from Malay semi-rural voters.
PRS president James Masing said the party supreme council rejected Najib’s offer of one minister and one deputy minister’s post, and felt that they were “sidelined” and “deserved to be treated better.”
Masing was quoted by FMT (17 May 2013) as cautioning: “The rural areas in Sarawak are Barisan Nasional ‘fixed deposit’. If you don’t take care of it, somebody will come by and withdraw it”.
Among the complaints by the Sarawakian Dayaks:
(1) PRS’s Joseph Entulu was offered to be Minister in the PM’s Department. His party feels that it is not “an appropriate portfolio”. They prefer a portfolio that “could be of assistance to the rural people, portfolios such as Infrastructure and Agriculture”.
(2) PRS’s Joseph Salang was offered to be Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture. Again his party feels that such a position is not of any assistance to the rural people.
Their argument makes sense, does it not?
(3) Masing revealed that the party was initially offered two deputy ministers’ posts which they felt was an insult because the party had delivered on its pledge to BN, FMT reported.
“But it wasn’t until Masing informed Najib that PRS felt they were being sidelined and would not attend the swearing in ceremony that the PM tweaked his list before announcing it on Wednesday (May 15). In the new list, he named Entulu a full minister”, according to FMT.
(4) SPDP pointed out that MIC which won 4 Parliament seats (contested 9, lost 5) was rewarded with two full minister and two deputy minister portfolios.
However SPDP which similarly won 4 Parliament seats on a perfect record was not given any ministerial post at all.
The MIC reps in the Cabinet are:
(i) G. Palanivel (Cameron Highlands)/MIC President – Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
(ii) Dr S. Subramaniam (Segamat)/MIC Deputy President – Minister of Health
(iii) M. Saravanan (Tapah)/MIC Vice President – Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
(iv) P. Kamalanathan (Hulu Selangor)/MIC Putera Coordinator – Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Learning
“A major disappointment”
Read ‘Dayaks bitter over cabinet choices‘ (FMT, 17 May 2013)
PRS president James Masing lamented, ““Something is wrong somewhere”.
Masing was quoted by FMT as saying Najib’s cabinet had not rewarded loyalists as could be seen in the lack of any allocations for SPDP and the shortfall on PRS’s. “Politics normally is not kind to the losers, but (Najib must) reward those who win,” he added.
Masing added that PRS’s 1-and-½ ministerial appointments did not commensurate with the party’s contribution to BN’s win.
My questions are these:
(1) Why is Paul Low Seng Kwan appointed a senator and made a full minister?
He did not even contest the general election and does not have any political party which contributed to the BN’s win.
(2) Why did Najib Razak leave the Transport Ministry open (Hishamuddin Hussein is acting Minister in addition to his own Ministry of Defence portfolio) and on offer to the MCA?
(3) Is it necessary for the MIC to be given the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment considering how the party has been floundering? If MIC had performed to expectations, it is doubtful that Najib would have agreed to parley with Hindraf.
(4) The Sarawakian parties had indicated that the Ministry of Agriculture would have been suitable for them as holders of the rural vote bank.
Presently Najib has given the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry to Umno — both the positions of Minister (Ismail Sabri Yaakob) and the Deputy Minister (Tajuddin Abdul Rahman).
As it is, the Cabinet spilleth over with Umno men and women.
Don’t play-play with Anak Badak and Anak Gumbek
The Sarawak MPs sound pretty robust. If angry, they might charge.
Without the Sabah and Sarawak parties, BN has 100 seats in the peninsula.
If the two dissatisfied Sarawak parties pull out their 10 MPs, then BN will be left with 123 Parliament seats and the opposition upping to 99, leaving the ruling coalition with a majority of 24 seats.
This majority of 24 can be lost should 12 MPs jump ship. Urm, is Najib secretly coveting Anwar Ibrahim’s job as leader of the federal opposition?