KUCHING (June 14): The spirit of democracy still reigns supreme in the Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Party despite the party’s stance not to contest any of the leadership positions at its upcoming Triennial General Meeting (TGM).
In stating this, Vice President Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the landslide victory won by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in last year’s national elections was seen as the manifestation of the people’s acceptance of the leadership of the PBB – the pivotal party. of the GPS.
As such, the members of the PBB had called for the maintenance of the current leadership, underlined the Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, who also holds the ministerial portfolio of Youth, Sports and Development of entrepreneurship at the Sarawak Cabinet.
However, Abdul Karim also said that in such a scenario, the spirit of democracy should always be respected.
“Even then, democracy must be in place. I still have to fill out the (nomination) form, and since no one else is filling out the forms (to contest the top positions), we won outright – namely, President, Vice President, Vice -senior presidents and vice presidents,” he said during his meeting after celebrating the symbolic handover ceremony of the modernized tennis courts at SMK Tabuan Jaya yesterday.
Last Saturday, PBB election official Dato Awang Bemee Awang Ali Basah announced that there would be no competition for the top positions at the party’s TGM, which will be held here from June 17-19.
He said nominations for the party’s election were closed and no candidate had been nominated to challenge those top positions.
Awang Bemee said that for the 14 positions under the PBB Pesaka wing, they were all won without competition, with 10 of the 24 nominations withdrawn.
“For the Bumiputera wing, there are 22 candidates vying for 16 positions,” he said.