KUCHING: Choosing a sitting MP to contest as assemblyman or vice versa may not be necessary, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu said.
He said, the party is flush with capable leaders within its ranks including at the branches and sub-branches.
“This ensures continuity in party leadership and allow opportunities for potential leaders to be groomed and give the best service to the people,” he said.
Rentap hoped the party’s top leadership would give youths a chance to also serve the people as elected representatives, pointing out that some of the prominent leaders in the world were still young.
“The younger generation has the knowledge, ideas, ability and the energy to cope with current situation especially in terms of digitalisation.
“For example, world leaders like Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand Prime Minister), Emmanuel Macron (France President) and Justin Trudeau (Canada Prime Minister) are in their forties and below,” he said.
He was commenting on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s call that PBB would not allow a candidate to be an MP and assemblyman at the same time.
Rentap, added however, the strength of PBB and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) was in the grassroots adding he would leave the final say in choosing candidates to the wisdom of the chief minister and party leaders.
“To win the seat is the end game and to do that, all strata of the party membership must work hard and stand united in support of GPS government to retain and regain Sarawak rights,” he said.