Sarawak People's Energy Party

The Sarawak People's Energy Party (Malay: Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak, abbreviated TERAS) was a political party in Malaysia. It is among the 20 new parties to have their registration approved by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and received permission to operate as a political party in 2013.[1][2]

Sarawak People's Energy Party
Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak
PresidentBanyi Beriak
FounderWilliam Mawan Ikom
FoundedJun 2013
LegalisedAug 2013
DissolvedJan 2018
Split fromSarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP)
HeadquartersKuching, Sarawak
Membership (2018)6,500
IdeologySarawak ringol
Political positioncentral
National affiliationblok int
Sarawak dun82
Malaysia Palengmen31

At its inception, TERAS was a splinter party of Barisan Nasional (BN), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), set-up by its disgruntled leaders led by William Mawan Ikom and was pro-BN following a leadership crisis in the party and also some elected members from Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP).[3] However the hopes of TERAS to join BN were rejected by the coalition.[3]

TERAS had managed to attract a total of 11 people's elected representatives to join it in May 2014. But a few weeks later, Wong Soon Koh and four state assemblymen quit TERAS to join United People's Party (UPP), an offshoot of SUPP. An arrangementcomponent was made between TERAS and Barisan Nasional for the division of seats contested in the 2016 Sarawak state election.[4][5]

On 11 May 2016, TERAS had decided and supposed to be officially dissolved itself in order to allow their members, who won as direct BN candidates, to join any component party of the coalition.[6] But its plans was put on hold and even cancelled while watching developments of the 2018 general election.[7]

On 28 October 2021, Banyi Beriak, who was TERAS initial Secretary General when it was formed in 2013 before quitting in 2018 to join UPP and PSB later, announced he had left PSB to return to TERAS to take over the president post of the party.[8] He also announced it would field candidates in up-coming 2021 Sarawak state election then in December 2021 but only to be scrapped for lacking of preparation by the party.[9]

State election results

State election State Legislative Assembly
Sarawak Total won / Total contested
2/3 majority
2 / 3

(BN Direct)

3 / 82
3 / 3


  1. Rintod, Luke (4 September 2013). "New Sabah party targets youth". Free Malaysia Today. Malaysia. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  2. Bernama (2 September 2013). "ROS approves 20 new political parties". Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  3. "Harapan UPP dan Teras untuk sertai gabungan BN Sarawak berkecai". Berita Harian (in Malay). 6 December 2014.
  4. Bernama (18 January 2016). "Adenan: Masalah BN S'wak selesai sebelum penamaan calon". Malaysiakini (in Malay). Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  5. Lian Cheng (22 January 2018). "The homeless politicians". Dayak Daily. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. Goh Pei Pei (11 May 2016). "Teras is no more". The New Straits Times. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  7. "Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (English: Sarawak People's Energy Party)". SINGAPORE ELECTIONS. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  8. Churchill Edward (29 October 2021). "Banyi quits PSB to helm Teras". Borneo Post. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  9. Churchill Edward (12 December 2021). "Teras cites lack of preparation as reason for staying out of S'wak polls". Borneo Post. Retrieved 12 December 2021.

See also

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