Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) component party leaders responded with cautious notes on Abdullah proposal for BN Club.

In his speech at the opening ceremony of Gerakan national delegates conference on October 11, Abdullah said the proposed club would serve as a platform for Malaysians to interact and forge better ties with the leaders.

The idea was conceived, he added, after interacting with the grassroots who supported the ruling coalition but did not wish to join political parties due to some dissatisfaction with some of them.

“We (PBB) also discussed the issue (BN Club) at yesterday meeting. We thought it ought to be studied very carefully – like the form it should take and how we are going to distinguish direct members and member of individual parties. There is no answers to all these yet. Evertyhing must be examined first,” Taib said according to a local daily.

“It’s not that easy to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I wish I can say ‘yes’ and I don’t mind telling you that. (Even now) I have been behaving like a BN chairman (leader of a one single BN party) more than a leader of PBB,” Taib said reports Borneo Post.

The issue of having a single BN party should not arise if there was strong coordination and integration of component parties like in Sarawak BN the paper further quoted Taib as saying.

Another BN state BN component parties – Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) also reported to be cautious of the proposal. It president Tan Sri Dr George Chan said the matter should be discussed at higher level of the BN as it was a big step which need the mandate from all the component parties.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has mooted the idea of creating a new group within Barisan Nasional to allow people to directly join the ruling coalition as members as reported by Malaysiakini on Saturday, October 11.