Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Datuk Sri William Mawan Ikom is all for his eight incumbents to be re-nominated for the next state election which is expected anytime between next year and 2011.
However, he does not discount the possibility of a new face or two coming in to replace them.
“My stand is that the incumbents stay but the Chief Minister, Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, as the state Barisan Nasional (BN) chief, will have the final say,” he told reporters after launching the “River Safety And Cleanliness Education Programme” at a Rh.Imbang anak Datu in Dayu, Pakan, about 50km from here on Wednesday.
Mawan said the SPDP was confident of retaining all its eight seats for the BN but would start by treating them as gray areas.
“This will allow us to plan our strategies carefully and efficiently, work closely with all the BN component parties in these constituencies to ensure that the feel-good feeling prevails among all BN supporters on the ground to fully all our candidates,” he said.
He again expressed the hope that the proposed merger between his party and Parti Rakyat Sarawak(PRS) could be accomplished before the election.
“The SPDP’s commitment is unquestionable. We are after all both rural-based parties. We represent the rural people more than we represent the urban people.
“The merger will give us a very strong political front. The rural folk whom we represent will not be confused,” he said, adding that he had no ambition to be its first president.