Only Sarawak Reform Party can use STAR acronym, Sabah party told

​Buln (centre) speaking to reporters as Soo (right) and STAR vice-president Mesah Suhaili look on.

KUCHING, June 20: Sarawak Reform Party (STAR) today clarified it has nothing to do with Sabah’s Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, which allegedly also used the STAR acronym.

Sarawak STAR chairman Buln Ribus told reporters that only their party could use the STAR acronym, which it registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) about 20 years ago.

“We are not connected to the Sabahan party. We wish to clarify that the acronym usage is giving misunderstandings among our supporters and members,” he said here.

Sabahan Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku was formed in July 14, 2016. Its founder is MP for Keningau Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan.

The Sabahan party had been using the STAR acronym after the May 9 general election (GE14), and this had caused a lot of confusion among supporters and news readers alike, claimed STAR president Lina Soo.

“We have sent a letter to the ROS on this matter on May 24 and received a reply letter dated July 5. ROS said it will take action.

“We have also communicated with Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku on the matter, and they have taken note,” said Soo.

She hoped the Sabahan party would also clarify the matter with their supporters and the public.

“What they (Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku) are doing in Sabah is affecting what we (STAR) are doing in Sarawak. The people and supporters thought we are the same party and are confused.

“So we have to clarify this matter and set the record straight,” she said. — DayakDaily