KUCHING: Datuk Ibrahim Baki (pic) feels honoured after he was nominated to defend the Satok seat, which was held by Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg since 1981.
Ibrahim also said he was speechless upon the nomination as he had served in the last 36 years in various party positions.
“I feel honoured but of course, since I was tasked to carry the flame in Satok, it’s very challenging because the Chief Minister left big shoes to fill.
“It’s not easy but because of the unity of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) in Satok, it makes my work much easier,” he told reporters when met at PBB’s headquarters near Petra Jaya on Friday (Dec 3).
Ibrahim also said Abang Johari, who is Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman, has left a good track record in Satok and has developed the area.
PBB’s candidate for Linggi, Dayang Noorazah Awang Sohor, said Sarawak politics have long been dominated by males and it is time for women to make their mark in local politics.
“What’s wrong to field a woman to contest the seat?” she questioned.
Dayang also said that it is important to field new faces in the election as Sarawakians are yearning for a change.
“People are hungry for new faces and they are looking for something different,” said Dayang.
“This is the best time for GPS and PBB to give a chance to youths to prove our leadership capabilities,” added Dayang.
Meanwhile, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) member Milton Foo, who will be taking on DAP’s Violet Yong in Pending, said he was upbeat.
Foo also said the need for change in Pending, adding that he has done groundwork in the constituency since 2016.
“Since I lost, I never gave up and the people can see who they can trust and who can serve them well.”
Foo said locals are sick of lies spewed by Pakatan Harapan and their empty election promises made in 2018.
“That is why the people are sick of them.”
However, Foo said he hopes for a fair fight with Yong when Sarawak goes to the polls on Dec 18.
“All the best to her, three-term assemblyman is enough, and it’s time for a change in Pending.”
Yong has been the Pending assemblyman for three terms since 2006. She last won Pending against Foo in 2016, with a 5,012 majority.
Nominations for the Sarawak state election will be held on Dec 6. Polling will be on Dec 18.