KUCHING: After much speculation, it has been confirmed PBB will drop Tupong incumbent Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, who has served five terms since 1991.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, the PBB president who is state Barisan Nasional chairman, made the announcement yesterday during Kuching North City Hall’s “2016 Agenda” unveiling cere- mony.
“We are forced to find a different person for Tupong. You know the reason why,” Adenan mentioned in passing on stage, after saying the incumbents for other nearby seats would be renominated. The CM did not elaborate.
Soon after last Hari Raya, it was rumoured Daud, who is Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Development and Islamic Affairs, had suffered a stroke.
Daud, who was present at the city hall function yesterday, sat among VIPs smiling, looking thinner than before.
Back in November 2010, Daud did admit he had a “minor stroke”. “The minor stroke affected my vision. Now, I have fully recovered but need a rest,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama then.
In June last year, Daud also admitted to local dailies that he had been investigated by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission.
Meanwhile, in Adenan’s speech, he hinted polls could come within three months, adding: “For Satok, no one else other than Abang Jo. For Demak Laut, Hazland. Semariang, the pretty YB. Pantai Damai, Junaidi. Remember.”
He was referring to Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, Dr Hazland Abg Hipni, Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali and Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi respectively.