Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Junaidi: Taib’s leadership and wisdom still needed

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LUNDU: Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) and Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) still need the leadership and wisdom of Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud especially in this critical moment – when the state election is around the corner.

Deputy Speaker (of Parliament) Datuk Dr Haji Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that based on his personal opinion, it was not wise to replace the Chief Minister at this time in the run-up to an election.

“To me, age is secondary. It’s ability and capability that count. If Pehin Sri is still capable and strong why can’t he continue to lead us,” said Junaidi, who is also Santubong MP, adding that even the thought or talk of replacing Taib, especially at this time, should not have surfaced.

“This is also not about whether PBB do or do not have any ‘replacement’ candidates. We do have several ‘talented’ leaders in our midst should Pehin Sri decides to step down. However, this is not the right time,” he said, but declined to say who the ‘talented’ leaders were.

“Let Pehin Sri decide for himself when it is time for him to step down but for now, he should continue to helm PBB and Sarawak BN.

“When a ship is still halfway across the ocean in a stormy weather it is not wise for the crew to replace their captain who knows very well how to steer the ship to its final destination,” he said, likening the Chief Minister as the captain of that ship.

“Yes, as a PBB member and a community leader I sincerely support Pehin Sri’s leadership and I wish that he will continue to helm Sarawak,” Junaidi told journalists after breaking of fast with some 400 community leaders and ordinary people in Tanjung Datu in Lundu on Friday.

Earlier, he and Special Advisor to the Chief Minister cum Tanjung Datu assemblyman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Adenan Satem presented some donations to several handicapped people and the elderly in Lundu.

Junaidi’s wife, Datin Hajah Feona, who is also the honorary secretary of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam Malaysia (Perkim) Kuching together with Adenan’s wife Puan Sri Datin Amar Hajah Jamilah also handed over some food and undisclosed amount of cash to 75 single mothers and elderly women in the district.

Badan Amal Dan Kebajikan Tenaga Isteri-Isteri (Bakti), meanwhile, presented some cash to six brilliant Form 5 students from poor families in the district.

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