PBB meets amid speculation over Sarawak state polls


Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) held a closed-door meeting at its headquarters here amid talk that the Sarawak state polls will be held soon.

This comes just after Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and party chiefs in PBB-led Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) voiced support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at a meeting with the Prime Minister in Putrajaya on Wednesday.

Yesterday’s meeting prompted talk that the 12th Sarawak state elections was imminent.

Abang Johari, who is PBB president, arrived at the PBB headquarters at 10.45am yesterday and is believed to have chaired the meeting that was scheduled to start at 11am.

Also seen entering the building were Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Deputy Chief Minister II Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, both of whom are deputy presidents of the party, and other PBB supreme council members, among them Senior Minister (Infrastructure) and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof and Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Besides them, several Sarawak Cabinet ministers were also seen entering the building.

Among them were Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Children’s Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah and Assistant Minister for Ports and Infrastructure Datuk Julaihi Narawi.

The 11th Sarawak state elections was held on May 7,2016 and the 12th has to be held by July 2021.

However, based on previous records, the state usually holds its elections a year early.

In the 11th state elections, the four component parties in Sarawak Barisan Nasional won 72 seats between them, out of the 82 at stake.

However, following Barisan’s defeat in the 14th general election in May 2018, the four – PBB, Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Parti Demokratik Progresif (PDP) – exited Barisan on June 12,2018 and formed GPS. — Bernama

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