KUCHING: The rebranding of United People’s Party (UPP) to Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) has cleared the final hurdle.
Sources told The Borneo Post yesterday that the Registrar of Societies (RoS) had approved the name change as well as the party’s new logo.
The application for the change of name and logo was submitted in December last year by UPP secretary-general George Lo and executive secretary Margaret Fong, to RoS Sarawak director Georgina Apphia Ngau.
This was following the Dec 8 announcement that UPP would be changing its name to PSB, after delegates attending its extraordinary delegates conference (EDC) unanimously voted to amend the party’s constitution.
UPP was formed in 2014 after Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh and his supporters exited Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) following a leadership tussle.
Earlier this month, Wong said the party had yet to apply to join Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), but mentioned that they would ‘cross the bridge’ upon getting approval from RoS.
GPS currently comprises Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and SUPP.
Meanwhile, it remains unclear if former PRS deputy president Datuk Joseph Entulu is seeking to make a political comeback via the newly-rebranded PSB, following a gathering in Kanowit on Feb 9, in which he mentioned that PSB would be contesting in several seats in the next state polls.
Entulu, who was also former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department as well as Selangau MP, has been partyless since he and four other supreme council members were sacked by PRS president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing in April last year for undermining the party.