To-day, a reporter from Borneo Post called and asked me a few questions about politics and the status of STAR.
He asked, “Is STAR still around?”
Of course, STAR is still around and is still in the waiting mode. We have moved our Headquarters to my empty house because the former landlord wants to increase the rental. At this stage this is no point of wasting three thousand in rental when the Party is still building up for the long haul. We know that BN has the upper hand now as long as there is apathy for real change amongst the present pool of voters. We have accepted to do the marathon race. We shall wait until a new generation of concerned voters where neither fear nor money can influence their decision. We shall wait until a new generation of political leaders can emerge to offer Sarawak a better deal.
He also asked, “Is STAR in PR?”
No, STAR is yet to sit down and discuss with any partners of the proposed Pakatan Rakyat as it is not a formal body as yet. When DAP, PAS and PKR decides to accept the reality that to form PR, they need four more political parties to have a common symbol and agenda, then STAR may decide to attend the meeting or convention to form one. We will not join them just like we would join BN or Malaysia with conditions imposed on us. It must be a meeting of equals, then we will attend. We want Sarawakians to tell us what they want first before we join any union of parties.
“Will STAR contest and in how many seats?”
It is too early to tell as Taib is still waiting for “inspiration to dissolve the State Assembly”. STAR will decide on the best course of action for the people of Sarawak.
In fact, even Leslley Kallom has been hoping STAR makes its moves known. He even wished that we should be part of PR, not knowing that there are PR leaders who think that I am a BN man and STAR is for BN. We are not invited to certain functions because this leader thinks I am BN man. But it should be noted that we were invited to PKR Ramah Tamah function and we did attended.
It is also a fact one of the BN leaders welcomed me back to BN after the 2006 State elections. I unfortunately pointed out to him the fact that I never join nor left BN, thus I cannot go back. In fact, I was kicked out of the State Cabinet because as claimed in my dismissal letter “that I cannot work with(sic) leaders in BN”. Further I was “suspended indefinitely” with directives, “NOT TO MEET any SNA members OR ATTEND any SNAP meetings” by the CEC led by James Wong.
Under that scenario in 1995, I had two options left, one to retire from politics entirely or two to continue the genuine original SNAP struggle under a new Party without fear or favor. After consulting with a few of my hard core supporters, they wanted me to go on unanimously. Thus, gathering seven of them we called a meeting to form State Reform Party. In the end, two more came to join the meeting and form the pro-tem committee led by Mr. Jien anak Nyobek, SNAP Veteran and former Police Sergeant, to register the Party. State Reform Party Sarawak was registered on 9th October 1996.
I was elected as its first President at the first Party Triennial Assembly held at Kpg Sibuluh, Bau on March 9th 1977. To date, about four thousand committed followers register themselves as members and many more as supporters. Thus without much campaigning in most of the election battles, our candidates managed to keep their deposits even in the Chinese majority seat of Batu Kawa and Batu Lintang. May God bless all these supporters. So far, only the candidate in Krian lost his deposit in a five corner fight.
Where to go from here? We will discuss the matter amongst our core supporters for all the moves we will make to wear down our political foes who we still treat as our friends and fellow Sarawakians. We are in for the long haul to ensure real democracy will lead us all to a better day. Our decision will be based on our own strengths and weaknesses. We neither envy or worship anyone and we are prepared work with anyone as long as it is good for all Sarawakians.