Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Naroden apprehensive about five new parties

KUCHING: A senior politician views the approval of five new political parties in the state by the Registrar of Societies with mixed feelings.

Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, who is Simunjan assemblyman and Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Bumiputra Entrepreneur Development), said democracy dictates that everyone was free to form political parties.

“But the concern of the Barisan Nasional (BN) is that having so many parties in the state will further split the people,” he told reporters after launching Anugerah Usahawan Bumiputra Sarawak 2013 in his office here yesterday.

The names of these new political parties were announced by ROS in Putrajaya yesterday.

They are PBDS Baru, Parti Tenaga Sarawak (Teras), Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (PERSB), Peace Party and Parti Bumi Kenyalang.

Naroden said if leaders of these new parties were sincere in wanting to serve the people, then the presence of these parties ought to be looked at positively.

“If they were formed just to split the people, then I think the impact later on will not be favourable on the whole state.”

Naroden said he was not aware who were behind these new parties.

“If they are a disgruntled group and urged their supporters not to support the government, then there is not much we (BN) can say.”

Naroden said his hunch was that these parties would most likely split the people. That would be bad for the people, but not the government.

“Thats how I see it. There are pros and cons on the matter.”- theborneopost

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