Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

DALAT: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is ready to face any opposition candidate, particularly from a new party in the coming 12th state election.

Its Women chief Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, in saying this, pointed out that the party machinery had always been ready despite the restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic now.

 “We have to be ready to face any opposition candidate,” she said when handing over the Dalat and Mukah District Council (MDDM) project contract document to a contractor at the bazaar here last Friday.

She was asked by reporters of the possibility that she might face a challenge from a new party, Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) led by former Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.

Fatimah explained that PBB realised that Covid-19 pandemic would continue because the vaccine had not been found yet. Nevertheless, the party knows that the state election has to be called because the term of the current state legislative assembly will end in the middle of next year, she pointed out.

“I don’t think the vaccine will be ready by then, and it has to be tested first to ensure that it is safe to be used, and that will take time.

“Because of that, what we need to do must be done and the election has to go on,” the Dalat assemblywoman said.

According to Fatimah, who is Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister, PBB Women had been prepared while the party machinery also had been reminded to be ready because the “switch” will be pressed anytime.

“Now we are under the new normal, and as such we will face the election under a new normal and it is certainly a challenge,” she said.

She revealed that the second challenge is the party will be using a new symbol and logo bearing the name of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), not dacing anymore.

Earlier, she visited the 29th village in Kampung Sungai Kut Muara, here in a Ziarah Kampung  programme, where she made a surprise announcement by saying that the coming 12th state election will be her last time to contest in Dalat constituency. It will be her last visit in the programme for the time being.