New faces likely for semi-urban seats

Abdul Karim

KUCHING: New faces to be fielded by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) in the coming 12th State Election will most likely contest the semi-urban seats.

Its vice-president Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah revealed this when asked where the new faces would be standing.

“I would say more towards the semi-urban seats, not very rural,” he told reporters after attending the PBB Supreme Council meeting at its headquarters here on Friday night.

However Abdul Karim said he would leave it to caretaker Chief Minister and PBB president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg to announce their names when the time comes.

“I think your guess is as good as mine. I think you are able to see who is going to be replaced and there are some of them who have already given indication that they want to step down,” he said.

During the meeting, he acknowledged that some incumbents had openly informed him that they are not going to contest again.

“On that score, we really appreciate (it). But of course, there will be some who we will have to replace.

“Replacing (the present ones) does not mean that they are not good, but I think circumstances require them to be replaced by new candidates for the sake of the party and the state,” he said.

The Asajaya incumbent stressed that getting young and vibrant leaders either from the party’s women or youth’s wing to be groomed was important.

“They (new faces) will be quite a number who are in their 30s. Definitely, there will be some from the youth and women’s wing. It will always be like that,” he stressed.

Thus far, the incumbents from PBB who had expressed their decision not to contest in the state polls are Kalaka incumbent Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, Datuk Naroden Majais (Gedong) and Datuk Ambrose Blikau Enturan (Katibas).

Earlier, PBB secretary-general Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi in a press conference said PBB would introduce new faces as part of a renewal process in the party to continue its legacy of excellence as the backbone of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) administration.

In line with that, he mentioned there would be at least 10 to 20 percent of new faces from PBB.

When asked how many seats would be represented by new faces, Nanta said: “For PBB, we have 47 seats … if 10 percent it is about five seats, so roughly around there.”

Also present was PBB deputy secretary-general Datuk Ibrahim Baki.