KUCHING: Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties are insisting that Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) is not part of BN.
“William Mawan’s leaving Sarawak Progessive Democratic Party (SPDP) and joining Teras is a surprise to us.
“His joining the very people he sacked from SPDP is even more surprising,” said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) secretary-general Wilfred Nissom.
Nissom said that while Teras is registered by the Registrar of Society (ROS), the party however is not a member of BN.
“By extension of that argument, all members of Teras are not representatives of BN,” he insisted.
Nissom said that PRS president, James Masing is still waiting for ‘events to unfold’ before he will officially make a comment on the matter.
However, it is understood that the majority of BN component parties are not receptive to the idea of Teras joining the BN fold.
Unhealthy political environment
SPDP secretary-general Nelson Balang said that while the party had concerns with the formation of Teras, the surprise resignation of its president Mawan would not affect the party.
“It’s just a matter of moving our leaders up the ranks. Our deputy president Tiong King Sing is now acting president for SPDP.
“The bigger worry right now is that the establishment of Teras is creating an unhealthy political environment for BN.
“The acceptance of Teras into the BN fold will only open the door for future elected representatives who want higher positions within their own political party to emulate the move.”
Former SPDP president William Mawan had faced pressure from party members, at all levels, when he re-admitted four SPDP elected representatives previously dismissed for insubordination.
Despite calls for him to resign, Mawan had remained nonchalant until it was revealed in a recent press conference that he had joined Teras.
Joining him is former Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) Sibu chief Wong Soon Koh, who was also facing problems within his party, creating a faction in SUPP claiming there were irregularities during the 2011 party elections.
Wong and his team had refused to acknowledge the current SUPP president Peter Chin due to their dissatisfaction.
Wong was sacked from SUPP following the announcement of his joining Teras. Chin claims that the Bawang Assan assemblyman had not tendered his formal letter of resignation, which is considered improper.
“He should give up his Bawang Assan seat since he won it as a candidate of SUPP, a component party of BN. Teras however, is not part of BN.”