Mawan is all for BN; Soon Koh is all about UPP


If Mawan’s BN spirit knows no bounds, Wong cannot ever see UPP merging with SUPP. 

Jimmy Adit, The Ant Daily

Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) president Tan Sri William Mawan’s declaration “I am always Barisan, Barisan, and Barisan, through and through” is not just words. He means it.

And he shows he means it when he spoke of the possibility of his reuniting with Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), which he abandoned hardly nine months ago.

Or, if not SPDP, any of the other BN component parties – Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

Not many bothered with that last part about him joining any of the other three BN component parties, though.  Many feel it is SPDP that he wants to return to. Only SPDP.

It’s not easy for Mawan to say what he had said about a possible reunion with SPDP. He surely knew he would get all the brickbats while not a few will question his sincerity.

In fact on Feb 7, just two days after Mawan’s declaration, SPDP Pakan division chairman Ting Kew Ming had dismissed it as a “political ploy to gain sympathy and put SPDP under pressure”.

Ting even went as far as describing Mawan as not a team player and one in the habit of doing things on his own with consulting his party members.

Of course, only Mawan can answer to that, although more pertinent is the fact that here is a man willing to do an about-turn for the sake of BN.

Clearly, Mawan does not care what his doubters and detractors think of him. He has put his reputation – whatever little left there is, if you like – on the line in the belief that if that is what it takes to save BN, so be it.

Mawan is not such a mysterious personality. He has revealed much about his real self as a politician – that he does not get too personal, too self-centred and narrow-minded to be able to explore possibilities in the political arena.

“It (the BN spirit) is within our heart. If we want to share, continue to be united, know what it takes to be together, we shall be there,” he was quoted as saying.

Mawan’s political journey may be too fast too furious for some, but it is rather easy to see where he is heading to – mainstream politics at all cost. Own cost included.

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