Dr Annuar Rapaee

KUCHING: A state election has to be called sometime between now and mid-next year, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Dr Annuar Rapaee.

“The state election is imperative, the latest by June next year. Maybe in other states like Sabah they could have avoided it had their leaders prioritised unity and state affairs.

“There was no need for a state election in Sabah, but Sarawak is a totally different scenario. The state election has to be called because the (state assembly) term is nearing its end,” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Dr Annuar who is Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister urged party members and leaders to not fall into the trap of playing politics all of the time.

“Politics is a process to select our leaders and to determine the nation’s future but we should not be playing politics to the extent that it ruins the nation.

“If you see Peninsular Malaysia, despite having an election two years ago, they still could not settle their political dispute. My point is that we simply can’t follow that, we need to determine our own future,” he said.

Dr Annuar also urged fellow leaders to continue serving the people as it was their duty to do so after an election.

“In our politics, we are still being considerate to others and as such, there is no need for endless fighting. Once an election has concluded, then it (politics) has to end. What we should do then is to work for the people,” he said.

The Nangka assemblyman also urged party leaders and members to put the interests of the party first and foremost.

“We must put our personal interests last, if there are minor disagreements, don’t be disheartened. Don’t leave or go against the party just because you are unhappy and dissatisfied. This (PBB) is the platform for our struggle,” he said.