Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pressure group says Snap has lost its funder

by Stephen Tiong

Controversial businessman Soh Chee Wen has reportedly withdrawn financial support for the Sarawak National Party (Snap).

This was revealed by pressure group Movement for Change Sarawak (MoCS) leader Francis Siah, who claimed that Soh gave him the green light to make the announcement.

However, this could not be independently verified by Malaysiakini. Telephone calls and text messages to Soh went unanswered.

francis siah uncensored nurul izzah interview 020608 07He said Soh contacted him last night. after reading an article on the Sarawak Report website, that Snap was consorting with BN.

“Soh wants to clear his name, say that he is no longer involved. He asked me to this, so I am doing it now,” Siah (right) told reporters.

He claimed that Soh had initially agreed to help Snap financially because his intention was to mobilise maginalised groups throughout Malaysia into a political force.

“He has given more than RM300,000 to Snap. The first RM50,000 was received by one of the leaders, and after that more money was given out," Siah said.

Down payment for cars

He said some Snap leaders also asked Soh for the downpayment for six vehicles.

“But Soh only gave three of them RM20,000 each as downpayment for the vehicles and rejected fundomg for the other three vehicles,” he said.

NONESoh (right) is a wealthy businessman and former associate of then MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik.

After his fallout with MCA, Soh became close with PKR's top brass and allegedly backed the then PKR supreme council member, Zaid Ibrahim.

Now that Soh and his political associates are no longer with PKR, there has been heavy speculation that he is betting on Snap, which is on a collision course with Sarawak PKR over seat allocations in the coming state election.

On March 6, Snap president Edwin Dundang told a press conference that he "has never heard" of Soh.

MoCS to field candidates

On the coming Sarawak election, Siah said MoCS was contemplating fielding candidates in Bukit Saban, Krian, Machan and Marudi, with the intention of spoiling Snap's chances there.

Certain Snap leaders, he claimed, had deviated from their original intention, which is to unite the Dayak community.

“It is for this reason that MoCS has to fight Snap in this election. Since MoCS has been partly responsible in the so-called rebranding and rejuvenating of Snap, we have to get at it in the election, at whatever cost,” he said.

He said that at an earlier meeting among Snap, PKR and MoCS, it was decided that Snap and PKR would combine forces to fight for the Dayaks. However, he said, Snap has reneged on this agreement.

“We want to finish off Snap. It is now MoCS' No 2 enemy, after Chief Minister Taib Mahmud,” Siah added.


Anonymous said... can contest there provided PKR does not field any candidate in these mentioned area. If PKR does, you do not seem to walk the talk. If PKR does, campaign with them and work together.

Anonymous said...

MoCS, don't be idiot. All you need to do is you mobilise your personnel and your supporters to campaign relentlessly and keep exposing the dark side of SNAP. Why you should stand in few seats which is also against the coalition that you supprt and endorse? Where is your stand on this? What matters in this election is winning, winning winning, not stand in this election and expose the rotten apple of SNAP. Francis, think about it and do not let us all down.

Anonymous said...

Since when this Francis Sial cares about the Dayaks or Dayak based political parties? IF this bastard Sial has his own candidates then who are they.The only thing done by Sial so far was endorsing candidates known to be PKR candidates,not intellectuals promoted by Mocs or Sial. Twinkle-twinkle little Star,hows my PARTY STAR? Hopefully UMNO will sponsor Star,then this unwanted by any party man will jump back to the moon to catch the stars.