Six new political parties for Sarawak…

Posted on April 10, 2012


Six new political parties from Sarawak could be registered in time for the 13th General Election.


Imagine that.

All no doubt aiming to try their luck in the upcoming polls.

By the way, the Election Commission chairman has already revealed that elections won’t happen before June this year, as it’s already too difficult to even try it at this point in time.

But anyway, if you thought that guessing the names of new candidates for Sarawak was exciting enough, now we get to guess the candidates AND the parties that nominate them.

The excitement just never seems to end it seems, as the election fever heats up.

You should also start looking to your left and to your right, because with so many parties coming up, the likelihood that the person beside you becoming election candidates for the new parties has increased drastically.

In any case, with so many political parties (and even more politicians) coming up, we can only hope that all this business is for the continued peace and prosperity of our beloved Sarawak. Let’s hope they know what they’re doing!

In any case also, I hope you Sarawakians out there enjoy the public holiday tomorrow as we celebrate with all Malaysians, the Installation Of His Majesty The 14th Yang Di-pertuan Agong.

Daulat Tuanku!


How The Borneo Post posted about the six new parties:

Six waiting in the wings
April 10, 2012, Tuesday

KUCHING: ROS senior assistant director reveals six parties from S’wak applying for approval are waiting for final nod from Home Ministry.

The coming parliamentary election in the state looks set to see a crowded field, as six political parties from the state have applied for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

This was disclosed to The Borneo Post by the ROS senior assistant director (in charge of societies) Desmond Das yesterday.

He added that the parties were Sarawak Workers Party (SWP), Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERSB); Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBM); Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru); People’s Alliance for Justice and Peace Party (Peace Party) and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras).

Das also revealed that all the six parties had fulfilled ‘Schedule 1’ of ROS requirements which among others cleared their proposers of any criminal activities and corruption.

Another factor the ROS has to take into account in approving applications by political parties is the financial standing of the proposed parties and Das said all six of the applicants fulfilled this requirement.

“These proposed parties have strong financial backgrounds and that’s a very important consideration for any political party to get registered,” he said.

With all the six proposed parties meeting the conditions set by ROS, Das believed the possibility of them being registered in time for the coming general election was very high because now they only needed the nod from the Ministry of Homes Affairs.

“All their applications are awaiting approval from the policy makers. In this case the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Das said.

When asked who the people behind the proposals of the parties were, Das said several were, ‘former political leaders’ while others were professionals, businessmen and plantations owners.

“As far as we are concerned, they have met out requirements. But the final decision now lies in the hands of the policy makers,” he reiterated.

Earlier he refuted claims that ROS had approved the registration of Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) saying that it was one of six political parties from the state awaiting approval from the Registrar of Societies (ROS) headquarters in Putrajaya.

He also said some of the people behind the registration of the party had moved on to other political organizations.


How The Borneo Post explained GE13 won’t happen before June:

Election before June unlikely, says EC chairman
April 10, 2012, Tuesday

KUCHING: It is almost certain that the 13th general election (GE13) will not be held before June.

The Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said it was very unlikely that GE13 would be before June as up to now they had yet to receive any signal that parliament would be dissolved earlier than that.

“If polling were to be in May then parliament must be dissolved in April or March. Right now we have no indication whatsoever that election would be called before June. At least there must be some signal given to me,” he said.

He said this when responding to questions from the media at a news conference after the launch of election briefing for returning officers (RO) and assistant returning officers (ARO) here yesterday.

When asked if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had given him any hint that election would be soon, Abdul Aziz replied: “No, nothing to that effect. He only talked on other things”.

Earlier, the EC chairman said the commission should be ready for GE13 by June this year.

He said that the EC had alomost finished its first round of briefing for RO and ARO, adding there was still another round to go before the coming election.

“We have fixed the dates for the second round of our briefing for our officers but it is not to be revealed,” he said.

He explained that Sarawak was the last state to hold the briefing and Kuching held its briefing yesterday to be followed by Sibu on Apr 12 and Miri will be on Apr 16.

Abdul Aziz disclosed that in the coming election EC would introduce several new features, including no more objection time during nomination day, no more withdrawal by candidates whose names had been recorded by respective RO, use of indelible ink and advanced voting among others.

“Because of this we have to give very detailed briefing to the election workers as we could not afford to make mistake in the conduct of the election,” he added.