KUCHING: A widely circulated text message saying that the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), along with six others, would be leaving the Barisan Nasional has been described as a joke by its president, Datuk Seri William Mawan Ikom.
"We will stay with the BN," he said yesterday, soon after closing the National Service Training Programme in Sibu. "There is no such thing (that SPDP would be leaving the BN).He thought the message was a joke to amuse the people.Meanwhile, SPDP deputy secretary-general Paul Igai said the party would not be holding a press conference to announce its withdrawal from the BN as reported in the text message."The president is with me in Sibu, while the deputy president (Datuk Peter Nyarok) is in a longhouse in Saratok.
"The secretary-general (Syl- vester Entrie Muran) is attending a funeral for his late brother in Marudi. Need I say more?" Igai said Mawan, who is state minister of social development and urbanisation, would lead the party's delegation to Johor today to hold a dialogue with Sarawakians working there.He said he and Mawan had received numerous calls from party members who wanted to verify the authenticity of the SMS.