Tuesday, August 31, 2010

PBB Wanita: State BN wants Taib to stay

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KUCHING: Sarawak Bar isan Nasional (BN) component parties want Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud to continue helming the state.

This was the firm stand taken by the parties at a two-day BN retreat, beginning June 22, in Mulu, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Wanita deputy chief Datin Hajah Fatimah Abdullah.

She said party leaders and elected representatives from the fourmember state coalition had voiced out in unison, that Taib’s leadership was still needed.

Taib, 74, the longest serving chief minister since assuming office on March 26, 1981, is state BN chairman and PBB president.

Describing Taib as a dynamic leader, Fatimah, who is also minister in the Chief Minister’s Department in-charge of women and family development, said the chief minister could ‘glue’ the various BN component parties together.

She said this after launching the Datin Julia Chong Book Prize for Excellence in Music, organised by the Social Studies Department of the Batu Lintang Teachers’ Training Institute campus.

On Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he would meet with Taib over the latter’s intention to withdraw from politics, pending approval from the top BN leadership.

Taib was quoted as saying that he wanted to step down in 2006, but decided otherwise, as many in PBB wanted him to stay on.

Fatimah said there were many issues, in terms of development programmes such as the implementation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), that still needed Taib’s leadership.

Meanwhile, the Samarahan PBB Youth handed over a memorandum of support, urging Taib to remain as chief minister, to Asajaya assemblyman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the Kota Samarahan’s civics centre near here yesterday.

Karim is also Taib’s chief political secretary. - Bernama

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