Thursday, 8 March 2012

Dr Rundi dismisses talks of new party as speculation

Posted on March 8, 2012, Thursday

KUCHING: State Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom regards talks about the formation of a new party to accommodate party-less assemblypersons in Sarawak as mere ‘speculation’.
He said as of now there would be no more new party although the state BN would always monitor political development not only in the state but also the whole of Malaysia.
“Sensational stories are marketable when elections, especially the 13th general election, are just around the corner. I hope people will not be easily influenced by rumours,” he said as if to suggest that sources breaking the news about the formation of a new party were just speculating.
However, sources were adamant that there were indeed attempts by some quarters in Sarawak to form Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) and that their application for the party’s registration had been submitted to the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
It is reliably learnt that there are more than 10 new political parties waiting to be assessed and considered by ROS.
Because of the delay, some applicants had been waiting for more than four years while some, especially the recent one, were said to have wanted ROS to register theirs in three days’ time.

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