Monday, September 6, 2010

71 PBB branches pledge allegiance

Monday, 06 September 2010 11:07 Abg Salfian, Elmer Yeo & Harun Jau
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KUCHING: The entire 71 branches of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and all its three wings (Main, Wanita and Youth) have unanimously pledged their loyalty and full support to Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud to continue leading them as their president and Chief Minister.

“We believe that Pehin Sri will be able to maintain the political stability, peace and harmony in the state and to transform it, uninterrupted, through the development and implementation of Sarawak Corridor Of Renewal Energy (SCORE) and other programmes including those in the rural areas.

The party’s deputy president, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, who is also Deputy Chief Minister revealed this at a press conference after a PBB Supreme Council meeting at its headquarters in Jalan Demak here yesterday.

“We also fully support the continuation of close networking and cooperation between Pehin Sri and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak to ensure the success of Vision 2020 and 1Malaysia Concept,” Jabu said to a loud applause from all the PBB Supreme Council members present.

“We are also in full support of Pehin Sri as our Chief Minister, PBB president and Sarawak BN chairman in upholding discipline within the state BN to ensure strong unity and cooperation, and to ensure victory and integrity for the Barisan Nasional.

“We also pledge to oppose to the very end any attempt from both within and outside or other forms of threat that will undermine or challenge the stability of the BN as well as the Government of Sarawak.

“We are willing to sacrifice to support the excellent leadership of Pehin Sri as PBB president and Chief Minister of Sarawak to lead the BN in the coming state election.” “We also pledge to unite under the BN umbrella so that Sarawak will remain a safe, secured, stable, prosperous, harmonious and progressive state in Malaysia,” Jabu said after reading the Pledge of Loyalty and Resolution.

When asked whether Taib had made any decision on the (pledge) matter, Jabu said:

“You have got to ask him. We only made the pledge and resolution.

“We are in no position to speak for him.”

PBB permanent chairman, Dato Sri Mohd Asfia Awang Nasar, chipped in by saying: “I think we cannot answer for him. He has left it to us and we have unanimously decided that he should continue to lead us. This is a pledge of allegiance and this is a resolution for him to continue as Chief Minister and PBB president. This unanimous decision is made by all the 71 branches.” The Chief Minister was not around when the pledge was made.

He emerged from the conference room, accompanied by several PBB Supreme Council members including Jabu, at exactly 3.45pm, and immediately left the venue.

About two weeks ago, Taib had stated that he would let the party (PBB) and the Prime Minister to decide if he was to lead PBB and Sarawak BN in the next state election.

Since then, massive response of solid support for him to retain his post as the Chief Minister and continue to lead PBB and Sarawak BN had poured in from various quarters including PBB leaders, branch youth chiefs and community leaders.

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