‘SNAP will walk alone’

(Free Malaysia Today) – KUCHING: Sarawak National Party (SNAP) is adamant that it still has a role to play in state politics although the general consensus is that the party’s days are over.

Undaunted at being writte off by many political observers, here, SNAP secretary-general Frankie Nyumboi said that the party still had “life” and would contest in the 13th general election.

Pointing out that SNAP is the only local party fighting for Sarawak’s interests, he said: “The people of Sarawak still need SNAP.”

Nyumboi dismissed rumours that SNAP would fight within the Barisan Nasional (BN) fold.

“The rumours that we are returning to BN are untrue. It won’t happen, not in the near future.

“As long as the BN leaders think of themselves as bosses and voters as servants, we will not enter into their fold.

“Also, the coalition has neglected the welfare and the interest of the people,” Nyumboi said.

Nyumboi said that SNAP will go it alone in the 13th GE.

“We will not join the pact of the Pakatan Rakyat as it divorced us in the last state election.

“Moreover, Pakatan Rakyat is not talking about Sarawak’s interests especially the 18 points which safeguard her interests in the Federation of Malaysia,” he said.

Rural constituencies

On the coming parliamentary general election, Nyumboi said that the party is aiming to contest in four constituencies namely Mas Gading, Saratok, Betong and Baram.

“We are still identifying other rural constituencies,” he said.

It is understood that Nyumboi may contest the Mas Gading seat, while SNAP president Stanley Jugol is eyeing the Saratok seat and the former president Edwin Dundang in Baram.

Dayrell Enteri, a vice-president, is tipped to contest the Betong seat.

Currently all except the Betong seat is held by Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).