Kalaka's former assemblyman, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz .

KUCHING: A replacement for retiring Kalaka assemblyman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz will be decided by the party soon, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said it was the culture of PBB to give way to the younger generation in elections.

“I thank Datuk (Abdul) Wahab for giving way. That is the culture of the party as its leaders know the time for them to give way to the young,” he added.

Abang Johari told a press conference this after launching a water supply project in  Sebuyau on Thursday (July 9).

He hoped the move by Abdul Wahab would also be emulated by other component parties in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

“On his replacement, we will wait on that. He will recommend someone, but that will be decided later,” said the chief minister

Abdul Wahab announced his decision to step down at a meeting attended by party members in Saratok last Wednesday. He had recommended Saratok PBB branch deputy chairman Mohamad Duri as his successor.

The former is a six-term assemblyman, winning the Kalaka seat in 1991 and had defended the seat since.

In the last state election, he won the seat in a direct fight against Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Jemat Panjang with a majority of 2,835 votes; he collected 3,988 votes against Jemat’s 1,153 votes.