KUCHING: Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) has formed a special committee to look into the suitability of federal ministers visiting certain areas during the state election campaign.

“Leaders (ministers) from the mainland are most welcome (to assist in the campaign) except that there are some who may not be suitable for certain areas and we have a special committee that will go through and screen the suitability of such leaders,” Sarawak BN secretary Stephen Rundi Utom told reporters after the Sarawak BN meeting chaired by Chief Minister Adenan Satem in Kuching today.

Rundi said they would politely tell the identified leaders that there are certain areas which are not favourable for them and will switch their programmes adding that most likely federal leaders will be around during nomination day.

He said the BN machinery would be ready and in top gear for the election at any time, adding that all problems had been solved.

Rundi said BN candidate from the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Milton Foo’s issue had also been settled and the latter had pledged it would not happen again.

On the issue of unhappiness among incumbents who were not re-nominated to defend their seats, Rundi said they had pledged their full support to the chosen BN candidates.

He said BN would not accept any independent candidates, except for direct candidates from the United People’s Party (UPP) and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras).

“I reiterate that those independent candidates against BN will not be accepted into any of the party in BN after the election while the direct BN candidates can chose any party they want, preferably their old party,” he said.