By Stephen Tiong
Pulling no punches, former Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) deputy information chief Tedwin Ngumbang has described Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud as a bully of the highest order.
This was his annoyed response to the retention of Larry Sng as assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Office, alongside the strong likelihood that he will be nominated to contest the Pelagus state seat against the wishes of PRS leadership.
“Isn’t Taib’s (left) stance in defiance of the ruling made by the BN supreme council in Kuala Lumpur just 48 hours ago?
“Well, brace for it, PRS. It is Taib’s territory and there is no messing around. He is not interested in what the top leaders in BN in Kuala Lumpur have to say on Sarawak affairs. If this is not a form of bullying, then I may as well turn the other cheek and let someone punch that as well.
PRS had sacked Sng in 2008 for his part in arranging a separate annual general meeting to the one organised by party president James Masing. Sng was ‘elected’ president at his AGM.
However, Taib told reporters yesterday that he would retain Sng (right) for his “unquestionable loyalty” to BN and because he is a “very useful fellow”.
Tedwin questioned Taib for putting Sng’s interest above that of PRS, saying: “The way I look at it, Taib values him more than PRS.
“I truly have great admiration for the deep tolerance of the ‘beatings’ and insults thrown at the party over the past several years. Lesser persons would have put up a fight to save their dignity, morale and political sovereignty.”
Tedwin had quit PRS left month as he could not stomach Taib’s bullying attitude towards the party.
Tedwin said he believes Taib would have kicked Sng out if he was in Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB).
“We have seen many examples in the past of leaders being sacked by Taib for questioning his leadership or rebelling against him.
“Look at what happened to former Defence Minister Abang Abu Bakar Mustapha, then PBB deputy president Salleh Jafaruddin, Wan Madzihi Madzar, Wan Habib Syed Mahmud and Wan Yusof Tuanku Bujang.”
On Sng’s application for direct membership in BN, Tedwin said Sng probably submitted this after getting a hint from Taib.
“When the BN supreme council met over the weekend, his application was tabled but was rejected outright. There was not even deliberation of the issue. Even Taib, who was present, did not say anything on the subject,” claimed Tedwin. – Mkini