November 16, 2016
SIBU: A PBB supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says any party may apply to join BN if they subscribed to BN’s struggle.
“However, before applying, one needs to see whether their act could strengthen BN or it is done for some personal agenda," said Abdul Karim in reference to a claim by Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) that it has sent an application to join the coalition.
He added: “There are already four BN parties in Sarawak and I am unsure having another one would be an appropriate action.”
Meanwhile the State BN Secretary General Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi disclosed that he had not received any application from the party.
“(Furthermore) we have not discussed the matter,” Dr Rundi, who is Public Utilities Minister, told The Borneo Post yesterday when asked if he had received the application and on the status of the application.
In a press conference here last Saturday, SWP president Munan Laja claimed that they had sent the application but were yet to receive any feedback from BN.
Nonetheless, Munan was hopeful their application would be accepted as the party’s intention was to work with the BN in developing the state.
|Datuk John Sikie Tayai and Datuk Paul Igai|
PRS vice-president Datuk John Sikie Tayai said: “Well any political party can apply to join BN … but in the end, it is up to all BN political parties whether to accept it or not..even if one of the BN component is against the entry, that political party won’t be accepted.
Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) senior vice-president Datuk Paul Igai, on the other hand, pointed out that BN had existing mechanism in dealing with such situation and in accordance with the BN constitution. -@ybkarimsays