Keep cliques, factions at bay - YAB Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud Presiden PBB
SHOW OF UNITY: Taib (third left) leads PBB delegates and observers to chant ‘Hidup PBB’. With him are (from left) senior vice-president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, deputy president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, vice-president Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong and Information chief Tan Sri Adenan Satem. — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi
byGeryl Ogilvy Ruekeith borneo post October 21, 2013, Monday
KUCHING: Cliques and factions must never be allowed to take roots in PBB, and the party must continue to strive to meet the aspirations and wishes of the people.
PBB president Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who gave this advice, said the party must also remain highly focussed on development to ensure that the party and Barisan Nasional (BN) remain relevant to the society.
“It is important for all members to take care of the party and make sure that cliques do not exist within PBB. Do not let the party be divided among many groups and factions,” he said at PBB’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Seminar on Political Matters at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday.
The event was held in conjunction with the 13th PBB Triennial Convention, which started on Oct 18 and ends tomorrow.
Taib, who is also state BN chairman and chief minister, cautioned that there would be instances where the party’s solidarity would be put to the test, especially when a change in leadership occurs.
Hence, it was vital for the party, which is the backbone of the state BN, to remain united and rally behind its leadership well after he had retired.
“Many new leaders have emerged, including those I have groomed, and these people are experienced. We must realise that in PBB the leadership will change.
“The party will face this situation in the future, but the most important aspect is to ensure hat stability remains within the party.”
Taib stressed that only a strong party could retain the support and trust of the people, and deliver the goods to the people.
He said he was proud to note that PBB had managed to unite the Malays, Ibans, Bidayuhs and Orang Ulus since day one of its formation, and that this ‘special achievement’ must be preserved.
“PBB is known as the most stable political party, with strong support. This is something we must remember and follow to continue serving the people.”
Taib reiterated that the party’s struggles must be motivated by the wishes and aspirations of the people.
“We created this party based on the understanding that we need to introduce change to turn Sarawak … to turn it into a developed state. This will create a better life for the people.
“Today, we dare say about 97 per cent of the population is living above poverty level. More than 75 per cent of the people have access to road infrastructure, clean water supply and 24-hour electricity.
“Education has reached 100 per cent of the population. This should be the measurement for our struggles in PBB.”
He also spoke of the need for the struggles to help the people to be balanced and highly focussed to those in need, especially the rural community.
“As long as we remain highly focussed on development, PBB and Barisan Nasional will remain relevant in the eyes of the rakyat to fulfil their needs.”