GPS to contest in 31 parliamentary seats

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KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), which will be facing its first general election (GE) as the ruling state coalition, is gearing up to contest in all 31 parliamentary seats.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also GPS chairman, said PBB and the GPS coalition partners will get their machinery well prepared to face the upcoming 15th general election (GE15).

“For PBB, we will establish a committee which will be managed by our deputy president Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and some committee leaders who will (assist to) start the machinery for the general election.

“InsyaAllah, based on our last performance (we will deliver in all 31 seats) since GPS is always looking after Sarawak,” he said at a press conference after chairing a PBB Supreme Council meeting at its headquarters today.

As such, he also expressed his thanks to the incumbents who are willing to give way to younger candidates.

“I want to thank the PBB members for having this culture where we (the older generations are willing to) give way to the younger ones.

“This in turn will give the younger generation the opportunities to be the candidates,” he said.

At the event, Abang Johari also disclosed the list of the elected and appointed members of the PBB supreme council.

He said Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar was appointed as the permanent chairman with Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi as the secretary general, Datuk Ibrahim Baki as the deputy secretary-general while the position of the assistant secretary-general went to Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Datuk Hasbi Habibollah, Datuk Hamzah Ibrahim, Martin Ben, and Maurice Joannes Giri.

PBB treasurer’s post is held by Mohd Yaman Abdul Hamid, Dr Ripin Lamat as assistant treasurer, head of Information Datuk Idris Buang and Paulus Palu Gumbang as the assistant information chief.

Appointed as the supreme council members are Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Datuk Len Talif Salleh, Senator Datuk Dr Nuing Jeluing, Abdul Yakub Arbi, Mohd Chee Kadir, Lukanisman Awang Sauni and Ahmad Johnie Zawawi.

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