Sarawak politics to see new party for the party-less in 2011?

Posted on August 18, 2011


In the Sarawak context, the party-less politician usually describes a politician (usually a politician, who still calls himself or herself a YB), who still loves BN wholeheartedly, but just cannot seem to see eye to eye with his/her party leadership.

Usually, the party-less will try to join other BN component parties – even though they don’t agree with their current captain, they sure as hell still want to be on the team.

Well, in BN Sarawak, although the culture has always been about accommodating “friends” the tricky balancing act has always been about keeping a balance and that means not ticking off (too much) the four BN Sarawak component parties.

Anyways, I saw this article online (below) about a possible party for the party-less, supposedly called Parti Bumi Kenyalang or PBK.

So the question is, who are the “party-less” in BN Sarawak right now – both literally party-less and spiritually party-less?

At the moment, I don’t think there are any independent or opposition state YBs, who seem to have indicated to want to change the status quo.

So that means if there are any current state YBs thinking of joining this so-called PBK, then they must belong to the group who are “spiritually” party-less – those not happy with their current team captain.

I’ll let you compile your own list of YBs in this category but for me I’ll just try to do a bit more research before getting into it further.

As for former State YBs, there may be a few who were dropped from the recent polls line-up, who may still want to give it a shot; and who are most likely to be part of the PBK set-up.

It will definitely be interesting to see if any of this will have any impact on the upcoming General Elections (for Sarawak, it’s only the Parliamentary election, by the way).

Watch this space.

(Make no mistake, this is all still BN Sarawak I’m referring to and not the BN as a whole, so don’t get excited PPP! We still don’t want you here!)


As reported by

Politicians submit application to register new party in S’wak

Posted on 18 August 2011

KUCHING (Aug 17, 2011): A group of non-partisan politicians has submitted an application to register Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) with the Registrar of Societies (ROS), it is revealed today.

ROS Sarawak director Ken Leben, when contacted, confirmed receiving PBK’s application, but decline to give details and the names of protem committee members.

“All I can say is that the application to register PBK was received last year, and I have forwarded it to our Kuala Lumpur headquarters for a decision,” he said.

He said there was no problem with the documentation submitted to register PBK.

He said PBK is formed by a group of Dayaks and Chinese politicians, believed to be friendly to the Barisan Nasional (BN).

“As far as I can recall, there is no Malay in the protem committee,” Leben said, adding that he received applications to register three other political parties last year.

The three parties are Peace Party, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru and Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERSB).

A group of Malay businessmen and former politicians are believed to be behind the formation of Peace Party while PBDS Baru was formed by former supporters of the defunct PBDS while PERSB is formed by a group of jatropha farmers and businessmen.

PBDS was deregistered by the ROS on Oct 21, 2004 following prolong leadership crisis.

Leben said he had also forwarded the applications by the three parties to Kuala Lumpur for a decision.

“There were no problems with their documentations submitted to ROS,” he said.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Masing, when asked, suspected that a businessman is involved in the PBK’s formation.

However, efforts to contact the businessman through his mobile cell were unsuccessful.

Talk is that PBK, although claiming itself to be Barisan Nasional-friendly, is eyeing 10 parliamentary seats currently held by PRS and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), both component parties of the state BN, in the coming general elections.

PBK is hoping to be registered before the general elections so it can put up candidates in the Dayak-majority seats.

SPDP deputy secretary-general Paul Igai, when asked, said he does not know why the new party wants to contests in seats held by the BN component parties when it claims itself to be Barisan-friendly.