Attempted by group known as Jawatankuasa Penaja Umno Negeri Sarawak (JPUNS) to bring peninsular based party United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) to Sarawak may have been halted, but that didn’t stop their chairman Affendi Jeman from attempting another shot.
On Sunday he called a press conference to announced that pro-Barisan Nasional (BN) and Bumiputera only party Agenda Rakyat Bumiputera Sarawak (ARBS) registration process had reached Registrar of Societies’ (ROS) Putrajaya office.
“The application to register Agenda Rakyat Bumiputera Sarawak (ARBS) party has been received by Registrar of Societies (ROS) headquarters in Putrajaya,” Affendi was quoted as saying by Borneo Post on Monday.
The application was first submitted to Sarawak’s ROS office in Kuching.
“This means that ARBS has complied with the pre-requisites to register as a party,” said Affendi.
“We hope our application would be considered fairly and professionally.”
According to Affendi the new party will be supportive of Prime Minister 1Malaysia concept which is to unite the Bumiputeras under one political umbrella – ARBS whose membership limited to only the Bumiputeras.
“We strongly believe that we will be able to unite the Bumiputeras in Sarawak better through ARBS,” Affendi confidently said.
However several state leaders have privately expressed their reservations of the formation of a new party that and said it would eventually become an ‘excess baggage’ in the BN fold.
But Affendi said those against formation of ARBS shouldn’t simply dismiss the idea but to look at the struggle of the party first.
“What these critics should be looking into is the struggle of ARBS which would be totally different from existing parties within the BN,” rebuked Affendi.
He added “We the pro-tem committee members of ARBS are encouraged by the response from various parties who have been supporting our struggle since the announcement of ARBS.”
“The promoters of ARBS strongly believe only the people have the right to judge and decide the future of ARBS.”