PUTRAJAYA: The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has approved 20 new political parties which are mostly based in Sabah and Sarawak.
The approval, which was made last Wednesday, saw the re-emergence of United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) that were once synonymous with both states.
Both have been registered as Usno (New) and PBDS Baru.
ROS director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman said Usno (New) was among 11 parties from Sabah that had been approved.
The others were Parti Kebangsaan Sabah (PKS), Parti Gagasan Bersama Rakyat Sabah (Parti BERSAMA), Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (PERPADUAN), Parti Kebenaran Sabah (KEBENARAN), Parti Bersatu Bugis Sabah, Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sabah (PERS), Sabah Heritage Development Party, Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), Parti Sejahtera Angkatan Perpaduan Sabah (SAPU) and Sabah Peace Party (PARTI SPP).
He said the other four parties from Sarawak were Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (TERAS), Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK), Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERSB) and People’s Alliance For Justice of Peace (Peace Party-Sarawak).
“The peninsula-based parties are the Malaysian Indian Justice Party (MIJP), New Generation Party (NewGen Party), Malaysian National Party (MNP) and People’s National Party of Malaysia.”
Abdul Rahman said the approvals were the Government’s “gift” to the people to give them the right to form associations.
He presented the registration certificates to the representatives of the parties here yesterday.
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