KUCHING: The Sarawak National Party (SNAP), after being “neither here nor there” for almost a decade, is all set to become an active partner of Barisan Nasional.
Its deputy president Ting Ling Kiew said a lifeline had been thrown to the party for it to work alongside Barisan.
He said SNAP had been assured of its status in Barisan at national level, and the party had been asked to put its house in order.
“The Prime Minister has assured us that we are still in BN, and we will do our house cleaning and play a role in Barisan both at state and national level.
“Now we are trying to bring everyone, including those aligned with the president and the secretary-general, to come together and work hand-in-hand with Barisan leaders,” Ting told a press conference here yesterday.
He admitted it was an uphill task to persuade everyone to work together for the same cause given the present situation, which might even see the end of SNAP, but he believed that with or without the president and secretary-general, there was still light for SNAP at the end of the tunnel.
However, Ting said there was not much they could do now until the Court of Appeal decided on the party’s application to quash the Registrar of Societies’ decision to deregister it in 2002.
Ting said he and most of the remaining central executive committee members were also preparing for an alternative to ensure SNAP’s legacy would continue even if it were dissolved, adding that the party might be quiet but was still growing in strength with support from young and professional leaders.
“We have got enough young and qualified people to start the new era. Having been in SNAP for 41 years, I want the legacy to continue. We have been given a lifeline to continue, and once the Court of Appeal has made its decision, we will begin.
“I can’t tell about our plan now, but there will certainly be some rebranding. Because we want SNAP to remain in Barisan, we will be bringing individuals who are willing to work with Barisan leaders,” he said.
Ting, a four-term Bintulu MP, said he would not be holding any position in the “refurbished” SNAP.
He did not rule out the possibility of forming SNAP Baru if indeed the party were deregistered.
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