Tiki does not represent BN...we consider him as opposition - YB Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi, Setiausaha Agung BN Sarawak
Setiausaha Agung Barisan Nasional Sarawak Yang Berhormar Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi
Dr Tiki out of line as independent, says Rundi
Borneo Post on April 23, 2013, Tuesday
MIRI: Former Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe has been taken to task for not accepting the BN top leaders’ decision to drop him and be replaced with Anthony Nogeh Gumbek
from Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) for the polls.
State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi made a firm stand when he reiterated that Tiki did not represent BN by standing as an independent candidate in the 13th General Election.
“Tiki does not represent BN… we consider him as opposition. As BN member, he must support the BN candidate, so in the first place, it does not augur well why he should stand as an independent,” he told The Borneo Post after
closing the State Level Youth Camp for Miri/Bintulu Division at Niah National Park on Sunday.
Rundi, who is also Assistant Minister of Youth Development (Rural) and Kemena assemblyman, said the state BN would ensure that its candidate Nogeh gets the full support he needs to win in Mas Gading in the GE13.
He added that the Mas Gading seat has been a hot issue during the state legislative assembly sitting till now.
“This is not because we cannot win Mas Gading, as the seat to us is a white area. Problems arise when there is a so-called BN-friendly group of SPDP.
“I’ve discussed with the chief minister on this matter in order to give understanding and mutual respect to a component party. Thus, we have to support our candidate.”
Dr Tiki was the three-term MP for Mas Gading since 1999 and he was sacked from SPDP last year for insubordination.
Commenting on the election situation in general, he said this year’s election saw more candidates contesting under independent tickets despite there being the major parties of BN and PR.