KUCHING: Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras), a state Barisan Nasional (BN)-friendly party is in the process of being dissolved, acting President Peter Nansian said today.
He said the decision was made after consulting the party’s principal central executive committee members.
“The reasons for deregistration are: Teras was formed for BN-friendly Yang Berhormat under the BN-plus concept but for the just-concluded 11th state election, three of (former) Teras YBs stood as BN direct candidates.
“When they stood (election), they pledged to join existing BN component parties only. Therefore, now they cannot come back to Teras.
“Thus, Teras has exhausted its purpose and it is pointless for it to continue,” he said in a statement here today.
Teras, a splinter of the BN component Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), was formed in 2014 amid party infighting.
To resolve the disputes between SPDP and Teras, Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem initiated the strategy of fielding “direct candidates” in the May 7 state polls.
All direct candidates resigned from their respective splinter groups to stand in the election.
In the state election, three former Teras assembyman, namely former President William Mawan, incumbent for Bekenu, Rosey Yunus, and incumbent for Batu Danau, Paulus Gumbang, were among the BN direct candidates who won in the election.
Nansian said it was easier for the three elected direct candidates to decide which BN component parties to join.
He said joining BN component parties would strengthen the state BN as there would be fewer political parties and the members would not be spread thin among them.
He suggested that Teras members, comprising more than 20,000, join any BN component party of their choice.