SARAWAK Workers Party diluluskan penubuhannya tiga hari yang lepas – demikian laporan akhbar The Borneo Post pada Jumaat.
Apa yang saya nampak ialah amalan demokrasi dalam lapangan politik masih mekar, tidak seperti yang didakwa oleh sesetengah pihak.
Pendaftaran sesebuah parti politik bergantung dengan kelulusan Menteri Dalam Negeri menerusi Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan (ROS) selepas menilai dan mengambil kira pelbagai aspek termasuk keselamatan.
Justeru, kelulusan SWP sudah pasti tidak menimbulkan keraguan di kalangan pihak yang menilai pendaftaran parti berkenaan yang diketuai oleh Presiden Penaja, Dr Ong Lark Sai dan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Pelagus, George Lagong ialah timbalannya.
George tidak menganggotai mana-mana parti politik. Dia menang kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri Pelagus pada Pilihan Raya Negeri Sarawak pada 16 April 2011 atas tiket Bebas dengan menewaskan calon Barisan Nasional daripada Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).
Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud dipetik menerusi laporan berita Bernama pada Jumaat di Kuching berkata SWP adalah bebas untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya kelak.
Dia memberitahu, kemunculan parti berkenaan merupakan intipati dalam senario politik di Sarawak yang melambangkan perkembangan sihat dalam amalan demokrasi.
Bagaimanapun pada akhirnya rakyat yang akan menentukan siapa yang dipercayai mereka untuk diberi mandat dalam memilih wakil rakyat dan seterusnya parti pemerintah.
Dalam laporan akhbar baru-baru ini, SWP dikatakan berhasrat untuk meletakkan calon di kawasan parlimen yang dikuasai oleh PRS pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 kelak. Kerusi berkenaan ialah Parlimen Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Kanowit, Hulu Rajang dan Selangau.
Bagaimanapun akhbar The Borneo Post melaporkan Dr Ong Lark Sai masih sibuk untuk menentukan sama ada parti berkenaan akan memihak terhadap BN atau pembangkang.
Sesungguhnya apa yang diperkatakan Pehin Sri Abdul Taib adalah benar. Amalan demokrasi tidak menghalang penubuhan parti asalkan tidak menjadi ancaman terhadap keselamatan dan ketenteraman negara.
Yang pasti, rakyat yang menjadi pengundi akan menentukan siapa calon dan parti apa yang disokong mereka.
Artikel berita yang berkaitan dipetik daripada The Star Sarawak pada 21 April 2012.
Masing baffled by new party’s speedy approval
KUCHING: PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing is baffled by the exceptionally fast approval of the Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
On top of that, it is even more puzzling to him that SWP is said to be out to get PRS.
“Why is it that a party aiming a gun only at PRS – a Dayak-based party – has been endorsed by the Registrar of Societies headquarters in Putrajaya?
“I was told that ROS Sarawak submitted six new parties to be endorsed by ROS Putrajaya, but only SWP got it. PRS members are uneasy about this and are asking the rationale of such decision,” he told The Star after news about the endorsement of SWP being highlighted in a local daily yesterday.
Masing believed that there was something at play and it had to do with toppling the state’s second biggest BN component party and the biggest Dayak-based party.
“Why ROS chose to endorse SWP over the other five applicants baffles me. Perhaps they have reasons which I am not privileged to know,” he added.
Since last year, six parties had submitted their applications to ROS.
They were SWP, Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu, Parti Bumi Kenyalang, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru, People’s Alliance for Justice and Peace Party, and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak.
SWP pro tem president Dr Ong Lark Sai was quoted in a local daily as saying that the party would target rural areas for the coming parliamentary elections.
Words have also been going around that the party was set up by Datuk Sng Chee Hua because of a vendetta against PRS.
However, Dr Ong had denied this.
“No, Datuk Sng and Larry (Sng’s on) are not in the picture. We are catering for the well-being of working class citizens.”
Dr Ong also revealed that the official launching of the party would be held publicly in about two weeks’ time but it might not be in Kuching.
Now that Pelagus assemblyman George Lagong has expressed his interest to contest for the Hulu Rajang parliamentary seat under SWP, it becomes more apparent that the party would be contesting in PRS-held seats.
Applications of five new parties still under consideration by ROS
KUCHING: The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has yet to approve the registration of five new political parties in the state that have submitted their applications since two years ago.
An ROS officer at its head office in Kuala Lumpur said these applications were still being considered by those in the registrar’s higher authority.
“These parties, which are non-racial based, have all complied with the Schedule 1 of the Societies Act 1966.
“The applications are still being considered by those at the top,” he told The Star when contacted.
The parties are Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK), Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru, Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERSB), Parti Rakyat Gabungan Jaksa Pendamai or People’s Alliance for Justice of Peace (PEACE), and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (TERAS).
Except for TERAS which submitted its application on March 5 this year, the rest submitted their applications two years ago.
“There are 21 political parties in the country, including the five that are still waiting for their registration approval,” the officer added.
The ROS had earlier this month approved the registration of Sarawak Workers Party (SWP).
The officer said SWP was not a new party as the application was submitted previously by the committee of the Sabah People’s Front.
“It is just that there was a change of leadership and constitution in the party, which had also decided to change its name and logo,” he said.
SWP pro tem president Dr Ong Lark Sai said the party would be Barisan Nasional-friendly but admitted that it would have to take on Barisan in some parliamentary seats in the coming parliamentary elections.
Meanwhile, PBDS Baru pro tem president Louis Jarau questioned the ROS for not approving its application.
“Why is there (such) double standard in this case?
“We have complied with the requirements of the ROS and there is no reason for it not to approve our application,” said Jarau, who is a lawyer by profession.