BLOGGER Rimau Atas Kerusi alerted me to the Home Ministry and Registrar of Societies (ROS) approving the registration of the Sarawak Workers Party (SWP).
The recent approval means that there is a new political party on the scene for Sarawak.
But once you see who is behind the SWP, you’ll realise that it is not really a new kid on the political block.
In fact it is rather old because SWP is the vehicle for former Julau Member of Parliament Datuk Sng Chee Hua to get back into the political game.
Not that he hasn’t been manoeuvring behind the scenes for the past few years but hey, that’s another story for another day.
Suffice to say Sng has come out of the political shadows.
Because of that, it looks like the coalition of (in)convenience Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR’s) plan for straight fights against the Barisan Nasional (BN) will be thwarted.
It is unlikely that PR will include SWP in its plans because right now the Malaya-based party members within the loose union — Democratic Action Party (DAP), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) — still cannot agree on seat divisions even after seven months of negotiations.
Anyway back to SWP.
Know who else is involved in SWP? Pelagus assemblyman George Lagong, who happens to be Sng’s relative.
When he won his seat as an independent, Lagong declared himself to be BN-friendly.
Does he still feel that way now that he has SWP?
All will be revealed soon enough.
Besides SWP, the five other parties that have also tried to register are Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru), Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK), Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERSB), People’s Alliance for Justice and Peace Party (Peace Party) and Parti Tenaga Rakyat (Teras).
No official word yet on the status of their applications.
But if SWP’s registration has been approved then some of these other parties might be official too.