Tan Sri Leo Moggie recounts his initial foray into politics in the 1974 elections where he was asked by the then-Chief Minister to stand for Barisan Nasional. He declined and instead ran for SNAP, which was then an opposition party. His maiden speech in Parliament caught the attention of BN leaders who asked his party to consider joining the BN, which came to fruition in 1976. After the 1978 elections he was made a federal minister.