Wan Junaidi (wearing hat) presenting prizes to the winners at the programme.
KUCHING: Teras’ application to join the BN may have to be treated a little differently, hinted Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar yesterday.
He said under normal circumstances, all applications to join the BN had to be based on the mutual consensus of all BN component parties.
However, Teras has in its midst 11 elected representatives and thus could not be ignored outright, he told reporters after the prize presentation for the 1Malaysia Folkgames programme at Taman Ria Phase 4 field at Bandar Baru Semariang here, yesterday.
“With 11 YBs, Teras is easily a big political party.”
On arguments that Teras’ elected representatives should not be admitted into the BN as they were elected through their former parties – SPDP and SUPP, Wan Junaidi said the argument might not be strong enough to exclude them from the BN.
“At the moment, it (such argument) is not material as they are still YBs representing the people in their own respective areas.
“Whether their (Teras) admission (into BN) becomes a reality or not is secondary matter. The next election will determine this.”
He added that the state had experienced a similar situation before in 1983 with the now defunct PBDS, and the BN Plus Formula was used then.
It was now up to the people of Sarawak and government leaders to decide on this issue, Wan Junaidi said.