Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak

Sarawak People's Aspiration Party or (Malay: "Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak", abbreviated ASPIRASI), is a political party based in Sarawak, Malaysia, renamed and rebranded from previously State Reform Party abbreviated STAR.

Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak
Sarawak People's Aspiration Party
AbbreviationASPIRASI
PresidentLina Soo
ChairmanGeorge Young Si Ricord Junior
FounderPatau Rubis
Founded8 October 1996 (Sarawak)
6 January 2012 (Sabah)
24 January 2020 (renamed as ASPIRASI)
Legalised26 January 2020 (Legalised as ASPIRASI)
Preceded byState Reform Party (STAR)
Succeeded byHomeland Solidarity Party (Sabah)
Headquarters262, Jalan Batu Kawa, 93500 Kuching, Sarawak
IdeologyRegionalism
Political positionCentre-left
SloganParti Adup Ta
(Bidayuh: Our own party)
Dewan Negara:
0 / 70
Dewan Rakyat:
0 / 31
(Sarawak seats)
Sarawak State Legislative Assembly:
0 / 82
Premier of Sarawak:
0 / 1
Website
Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak on Facebook
Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak on Facebook

Background and history: State Reform Party (STAR)

The party began as the State Reform Party (STAR) in the 1990s founded by Patau Rubis, using a 9-pointed star derived from the state flag as its logo. The party contested in the 2016 state elections under the STAR logo, failing to win a single seat.

The State Reform Party's policy will ensure the party always struggle as a significant pressure group on demanding recognition of Sarawak rights together with many other non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The Party demands that the Government of Sarawak have to reform the state government system and go out from the available comfort zone.[1][2] As a pro-Sarawakian independence party, it aims to table Sarawak Independence Referendum Ordinance in event it won seat in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly.[3]

STAR leadership

Patau Rubis the first STAR president. He died in 2016, after collapsed while presiding the STAR's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 20 March and was replaced by Lina Soo.[4][5] Beside the President Lina Soo, the party AGM later had also elected a new committee including Bulin anak Ribos as Chairman on 12 October 2017.[6]

STAR Sabah expansion and separation

In 2012, STAR also expanded to neighbouring Sabah with setting of the state chapter led by Jeffrey Kitingan,[7] who had also initiated the United Borneo Alliance (UBA),[8] in its effort to switch to a Borneo-based regional party uniting all local parties in Sabah and Sarawak to promote jointly the 7 Borneo Agendas.[9]

In 2016 however Kitingan re-registered the Sabah chapter as a new Sabah-based party, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) but retained the backronym STAR, leaving the original State Reform Party back as Sarawak-based.[10][11] The STAR Sabah and STAR Sarawak finally separated their ideology in 2016 (STAR Sabah for Sabah state and STAR Sarawak for Sarawak state with different leader each state). STAR Sabah rebranding their party as Homeland Solidarity Party abbreviated as STAR and STAR Sarawak rebranding their party as Sarawak People's Aspiration Party abbreviated as ASPIRASI.

Rebranding as ASPIRASI

The party rebranded as Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak or ASPIRASI in February 2020.[12] Beside new party name, a new logo also being unveiled.[13] The party chose the new logo designed based on Rajah Brooke birdwing butterfly (Trogonoptera brookiana).[14] The official logo of ASPIRASI Party has been revealed on 13 December 2021, one week before 2021 Sarawak state election.

List of presidents

  • Patau Rubis (8 October 1996 – 20 March 2016)
  • Lina Soo (8 April 2016 – present)

Current office bearers

Elected representatives

Candidates in the Sarawak state elections

  • State Reform Party candidates, 2016 Sarawak state election

General election results

Election Total seats won Total votes Voting Percentage Outcome of election Election leader
1999 (as STAR)
0 / 193
23,354 0.35% ; No representation in Parliament Patau Rubis
2004 (as STAR)
0 / 219
6,270 0.09% ; No representation in Parliament Patau Rubis
2013 (as STAR)
0 / 222
45,386 0.41% ; No representation in Parliament Patau Rubis
2018 (as STAR Sarawak)
0 / 222
1,299 0.01% ; No representation in Parliament Lina Soo
2022
0 / 222
TBD TBD TBD Lina Soo

State election results

State election State Legislative Assembly
Sabah Sarawak Total won / Total contested
2/3 majority
2 / 3
2 / 3
2 / 3
2001
0 / 62
0 / 5
2013
1 / 60
1 / 49
2016
0 / 82
0 / 11
2018
0 / 60
0 / 2
2021
0 / 82
0 / 15

References

  1. Sulok Tawie (23 April 2016). "STAR to campaign on Sarawak rights". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  2. "Soo: Aspirasi prefers to focus on fight for independence referendum than politicking". Borneo Post. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021 via Facebook.
  3. "Five candidates vying for Kota Sentosa promise to serve constituents in their own way if elected". Borneo Post. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  4. Michelle Tam (20 March 2016). "State Reform Party founding president Dr Patau Rubis dies a day before birthday after collapsing at AGM". The Star. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  5. Lim How Pim (20 March 2016). "Dr Patau Rubis passes away from apparent heart failure". Borneo Post. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  6. Lina Soo (12 October 2017). "Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak (ASPIRASI) : Chairman : Bulin anak Ribos". Sarawak Aspiration Party. Retrieved 28 April 2017 via Facebook.
  7. "Jeffrey Kitingan to Launch STAR Sabah". Bernama. Malaysian Digest. 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 10 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. "Sarawak STAR: About: More Info: Additional Information". STAR Sarawak Operations Centre. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021 via Facebook.
  9. "Kitingan announces formation of United Borneo Alliance". New Straits Times. 16 December 2011. Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  10. Jenne Lajiun (15 July 2016). "Reformed, rebranded STAR now Sabah-based party". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  11. "Jeffrey ends his party-hopping days with STAR approval". The Star. 14 July 2016. Archived from the original on 10 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  12. Rintos Mail (22 February 2020). "Soo: STAR now named Aspirasi". Borneo Post. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  13. Lina Soo (22 February 2020). "Sarawak People's Aspiration Party (ASPIRASI)". Sarawak Aspiration Party. Retrieved 28 April 2017 via Facebook.
  14. "Soo unveils new party name, new logo, high aspirations behind Aspirasi". Dayak Daily. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
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