MIRI: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg did not mince his words when describing Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) as a party for the ‘problem’ bunch.
He said the history of the new party was for all to see with its leaders being in public disputes with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) component presidents before defecting to PSB.
“One even refused to talk to Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, before he left,” Abang Johari said in a thinly veiled jab at PSB president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, formerly of SUPP.
“Others that are being taken in by the party are also problematic, some had disputes with Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri James Jemut Masing,” he said referring to former PRS members Datuk Masir Kujat and Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun who are now in PSB.
“If these people are the ones taking care of Sarawak, the state would be problematic. The people have to be careful (in making their choices),” he said.
He was speaking at the PBB mini convention in Miri on Saturday. Earlier, Abang Johari lamented some PBB members who quit citing that they felt disenchanted with the party and moved to PSB instead.
The chief minister said party members should continue to be loyal to the party and that life has its ups and downs.
“When we are down, it is a challenge from God. But if our struggle is resilient, we will never give up,” he said.
Citing the crisis happening in PBB back in 1987, Abang Johari said when many others defected the party to challenge then president Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, he was among those who chose to stay on and fight.
“We continued on with our struggle and defended PBB. We didn’t get frustrated and quit — what kind of struggle would that be?
“The struggle is for a better future and not for our personal interests. If you are feeling down, be patient, maybe it is just not your time yet,” he said.