SARATOK: The combination of 10 state assemblypersons and two MPs in the new party Teras will make Barisan Nasional (BN) stronger.
Former SPDP vice-president Capt Zainuddin Tan Sri Hamdan Sirat said the power combination will be a force to be reckoned with, that will probably change the whole political dynamics in the state.
As far as the state is concerned, it is the second largest party after PBB, with PRS (third) and DAP (fourth) and others down the line, he pointed out.
Teras is a multi-racial party and therefore many people can empathise with it, said Zainuddin at an event in Kabong that saw more than 150 SPDP Kalaka division members quitting SPDP to join Teras recently.
A former SPDP member James Sammy said the move by ex-SPDP president Tan Sri William
Mawan Ikom and other 10 other elected representatives including Baram MP Anyi Ngau, is a wise move to get rid of the problems including a mutiny in their own ranks (SPDP).
“Although we (six elected representatives) have moved out of SPDP, we pledge our allegiance to the BN and we subscribe to the struggles of the BN,” he said.
The five other elected representatives are from SUPP (four) and SWP (one).
James said he was confident that the move made by them in quitting SPDP and joining Tears will get the blessing of the top leadership of the BN.
Among those who quit SPDP yesterday were SPDP division and branch leaders like Councillor Ismail Hussain, Tuai Rumah Abel Gon, Awang Jamil Awang Sulong, Bakawi Ismail alias Mail, Abang Masron Abang Rusdi, Abang Mahron Abang Nordin, Melati Buang and Tuai Rumah Manggie Enchana.