Up to PBB party leaders to recoup lost seats

KUCHING: It is up for the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) leaders to recoup the parliamentary seats which were lost during the last general election (GE14).

Batang Sadong MP and PBB Women vice chief Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said it was up to the party leaders and grassroots to think of how to regain the seats. 

“We have a convention like for Mas Gading; it was a seat under the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP). Now I think they are working out something to get it and also other seats which belonged to the respective parties back..

“For PBB, it lost the Puncak Borneo parliamentary seat which is occupied by a leader from Bersatu at the moment.

“So, I leave it to the party leaders to decide on this. Maybe they can even discuss it with the current (Puncak Borneo) MP,” she said during an interview on The Dominique Wong Show on Friday night (July 30).

Nancy said regardless of party affiliations, the main responsibility of an elected representative or an MP was to take care of the people.

The Federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister said amid Covid-19, one of the restrictions to serve the people was the inability to organise large activities.

“We still conduct programmes such as the food aid distribution to the people. Even before this, we had been organising the Ziarah Kamek programme.

“Back then, I brought doctors, nurses, district officers and welfare officers with me during visits so that we could better serve those in need,” she said.

Nancy said when the federal government changed to Pakatan Harapan (PH) in 2018, Sarawak government MPs were deprived of their usual allocations.

“I have to congratulate our Chief Minister.  When we lost during the 2018 elections, he provided us with funds to help us as MPs.

“The challenges did not hinder us. They only made us stronger,” she said.