Empiang Jabu, Fadillah Yusof to give up posts in PBB

Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof. -The Star filepic

Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof. -The Star filepic

KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women’s chief Tan Sri Empiang Jabu and Youth chief Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof will relinquish their positions at the upcoming party convention to make way for new leaders.

PBB president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Feb 8-11 convention at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching will not see a contest of four supreme council posts.

This includes the positions of two deputy presidents currently held in an acting capacity by Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

Empiang is a long-serving Wanita wing leader, having held the top post in the last 10 years. Earlier, she was the women’s deputy chief since 1984. Fadillah, who is also Works Minister, was elected PBB Youth chief in 2007.

“There will not be a contest for the two deputy president posts and the same applies to the women’s chief and youth chief. The new leaders will be decided based on a consensus, endorsed by the general assembly," Abang Johari, who is also Sarawak Chief Minister, told reporters after chairing the PBB supreme council meeting at its headquarters here on Friday.

Abang Johari said both Uggah and Awang Tengah, who are also state deputy chief ministers, will be elected as PBB deputy presidents for the party’s Pesaka and Bumiputera wing respectively.

Parti Pesaka merged with Parti Bumiputera in 1973 to form PBB.

Abang Johari will retain his president’s post by virtue of being appointed chief minister. PBB controls 45 out of 82 seats in the state legislative assembly.

Previously, Uggah and Awang Tengah held the post of senior vice-presidents in the party hierarchy. Last year, Uggah replaced long-time former deputy chief minister and PBB deputy president Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang who called it a day after 43 years in politics.

Awang Tengah, meanwhile, assumed the acting deputy president post for the party’s Bumiputera wing, replacing Abang Johari, who succeeded the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem as PBB president and chief minister.

“Empiang has contributed a lot to the women’s wing, setting a high standard in leadership and performance. Her stepping down is to make room for new, younger leaders and the same goes with Fadillah,” Abang Johari said.

Following this development, the party president said the post of PBB Wanita chief will be swapped and given to candidates from the Bumiputera wing this time around, while the Youth chief post will be opened to members from the Pesaka wing.