Chief Minister: Forming new party not a good idea; too many hurdles
Borneo Post March 10, 2012, SaturdayKUCHING: Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday shot down the idea of a new party to accommodate the five elected representatives who were sacked from SPDP recently for gross insubordination.
“I don’t think that (formation of a new party) is a good idea because there will be many hurdles for them to overcome.
“They have to get the consensus of all Barisan Nasional (BN) parties to enable them to be accepted as a member of BN … so it is quite a big hurdle.
“So, better not take that route,” said Taib, who is state BN chairman.
The chief minister was asked to comment on rumours about the proposed new party after handing over the Chief Minister’s Cup at Wisma Bapa Malaysia.
It was reported on Wednesday that the party, to be called Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras), would be registered before the 13th general election.
The new party, which had already submitted its application to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) for registration, was said to be meant for the sacked five: assemblymen Datuk Sylvester Entri (Marudi), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau), Datuk Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru) and Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe.
On Thursday, state BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi described talk about the new party as ‘mere speculation’.
“As of now, there would be no more new party although the state BN would always monitor political developments not only in the state but also the whole of Malaysia,” Dr Rundi was quoted as saying.