KUCHING: A reinvigorated Sarawak National Party (SNAP) is all set to create “havoc” when the state election is called. The party has already identified between 10 and 12 seats to contest. One of the seats it is gunning is Pakan, where the incumbent is William Mawan Ikom, the president of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).All the 12 are SNAP's traditional seats where grassroots support for the party is still intact.“We already have a candidate for Pakan, but I cannot reveal his identity for fear he might be harassed,” Stanley Jugol, SNAP secretary-general, told FMT.
“Pakan is one of our traditional seats. The seat was won by Mawan when he was in SNAP. And now he is our opponent,” he said.Other seats include Marudi, Bukit Saban, Krian, Telang Usan and Tasik Biru.
SNAP president Edwin Dundang is expected to contest against former SNAP man, Sylvester Enteri, who is now with SPDP.
“Besides the 10, we have a few more seats that are also claimed by PKR. If the PKR candidates are better, then we will support them in those overlapping seats,” Jugol said.He added that the prospective candidates have been active on the ground since the past few months.“They have been instructed to organise their election committees, campaigners, and polling and counting agents.“After Hari Raya, we will call all the prospective candidates for a meeting in Kuching to discuss preparations for the election,” he said.
“From now on, our candidates and members must work hard to win back support for the party.”
Despite the threat of being deregistered, SNAP managed to win one seat – Engkilili – in the last election.
“But SNAP has been given a new lease of life on June 23 by the Court of Appeal. So we are better prepared for the election. With the combined efforts of other members of Pakatan Rakyat, we will create havoc in the constituencies (we are contesting),” Jugol said.SNAP was deregistered in November 2002 by the Registrar of Societies and it has successfully appealed against the decision when the Court of Appeal ruled in its favour.
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