KUCHING, Jun 15 – The four component parties of Sarawak Barisan Nasional should sit down together to discuss the fate of its nine still partyless assemblymen. State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said this was to resolve once and for all which party they should join.
He said this will be good for our solidarity, unity, the BN concept of power sharing and more importantly, the state political stability. The nine are Tan Sri William Mawan (Pakan), Datuk DrJerip Susil (Mambong), Datuk Gerawat Gala (Mulu), Dr Johnical Rayong (Engkilili), Ranum Mina (Opar), Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) John Ilus (Bukit Simuja) and Miro Simuh (Serembu).
They were formerly members of the two BN friendly parties but had to resign from them in order to be nominated as BN direct candidates in last month’s state election. Dr Rundi said Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who is state BN chairman, had advised that the matter be resolved within their original parties.
“They have been given ample time to do so but the nine now want to join Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) which has already 40 seats of its own. Their original parties are not happy with their decision and which also will make PBB overwhelming strong,” he said, adding the issue was still dragging on.
He said PBB was not enticing them to go join the state BN’s backbone and they could go to any other parties except PKR or DAP. They also needed to settle the matter as two years from now “we will be facing the parliamentary election,” he added. — Bernama