Illegal to promote BN clubs

by Churchill Edward. Posted on February 6, 2012, Monday

Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING: Barisan Nasional (BN) clubs, set up by sacked office bearers of SPDP, cannot promote their cause nor hold membership drive unless and until they (BN clubs) are registered.

Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who is a lawyer by training, said doing these would infringe laws related to societies.

However, there is nothing in the law to say that people, including former members of SPDP, cannot form associations or clubs, he said, when asked to share his views on this issue.

“If I remember my law correctly, they can only hold membership drive and promote their cause after the club is registered.”

The BN cubs are the work of five former SPDP members, whose moniker is ‘SPDP Five’, who were sacked recently for gross insubordination. Shown the door were Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe and assemblymen Datuk Peter Nansian Nguise (Tasik Biru), Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran (Marudi), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau).

Last month, they held a MoU signing event in Bau with several community leaders, apparently to garner support there.

Wan Junaidi, who is also Santubong MP, said: “Article 10 (1) (c) of the (Malaysian) Constitution provides the right for citizens of this country to an association and subject only to the provision of Article 10 (2) (c) that governs infringement of security, public order and morality.”

He said he believed politics could become ‘the art of the possible’ if stakeholders legitimised their efforts.

“There are many things in politics that could legitimise efforts (to form clubs), for instance, voices of the people. The law has a certain amount of certainty, but there are many aspects of what is right and proper in politics.”

Recently, political analyst Dr Jeniri Amir said the formation of BN clubs to accommodate disgruntled members of BN component parties would set a bad precedent for the ruling coalition.

If the BN clubs are allowed to spawn, its prominence would slowly erode the relevance of BN political parties and also the power-sharing concept which the BN had been pratising all this while, said Jeniri, who is also a local university lecturer.

Thus far, Nansian and Entrie have made the unprecedented move of forming BN clubs in their respective constituencies, and it is understood that they were contemplating getting it registered by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Hardcore ground spokesman for SPDP, Stewart Aying, who is also SPDP Lambir chief, said recently that the sacked members were trying to hang on to BN for political survival, to secure the right to continue disbursing BN minor rural project (MRP) fund, and to maintain their assistant ministerial posts.

Aying said BN, at the moment, did not want to rock their own boat simply by announcing that these independent incumbents (in Mas Gading and Tasik Biru) were outside BN, explaining that if the BN announced that the sacked incumbents were outside BN, then the coalition would technically have lost several representatives to the opposition.

Sarawak Parliament-friendly MPs


Datuk Wan Junaidi, the rakyat (at least I am) is behind you on this matter. There is no need for you to apologise.

We want to see an improvement on our MPs presence in the Dewan Rakyat. To the few MP who have responded to this matter are those who we know have brought several issues during the session. And, those who knows that they are bisu in Parliament won’t dare to respond to this matter.

Let us see who are the MPs that would be on your door to protest.

MPs who have responded on this matter are Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri, Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah, and Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang.

Sarawak MPs are Parliament-friendly


Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said, “Just don’t sit at the back there so much so that people do not know where you are. You’ll be surprised that some ministers do not know you because you never speak …” Read the full news extract.

Thank you Datuk for highlighting this issue. The rakyat has been having that view for a very long time. We did raise it up in various forum, coffeeshop talks, etc. Yesterday it came from you, and, we appreciate it so much. Beside the more vocal MP like Dato Seri Tiong, we hardly heard from the rest. Errr.. even this MP also goes on silent mode this days!

We too have wondered if the MPs know the purpose of being at the Dewan Rakyat. Look at the poor state of our infrastructure. Their speeches in the rural longhouses almost mean nothing because it just ended there. The only obvious reason is to look capable of delivering public speeches.

The common phrase we hear is “Anang enda ngundi perintah, enggai ke kita tinggal pemansang“. Ya rite! After that? What? “Ukai enda diaduka, tang peruntukkan bedau datai“..

Kati ka datai enti mulut YB bisu, sekretari enda ngereja pengawa.. Ka betaun nganti enda mih datai.Semampai ngarap belama.

Flashed right on the front page of our MPs being too quiet! It is shame of you who only knows how to deliver kampung speeches but put you at the national level.

Bisi aja saut bala sida MP tu dua tiga hari ke ka datai.. being quiet doesn’t mean we do not help or serve the rakyat.. ya right! Beciping!

Selected comments from my Facebook:

Everthemore Groovytuai at 08:24 on 12 June
LOL..wattoodooo where quantity overpowers quality. Boss, lapa enda mandam mija neh hehehhe..sometimes, people don’t see it as opportunity but rather a privilege to ride on in.

Akim Bujang at 09:06 on 12 June
anak nanyak aku jang… aku enda nemu utai – A former deputy minister standard answer….

Rantai Naga at 11:25 on 12 June
Sarawakian MPs are a either:

  1. No brainer
  2. Ignorant
  3. Not people centric
  4. (Most unlikely) Got brain, not ignorant and people-centric   but somehow their constituency got NO PROBLEM at all”