Fadillah: It’s up to Abang Jo whether I will contest in coming state elections

Fadillah speaking to the media (June 12, 2019).

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By Lian Cheng

SIBU, June 13: Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof is leaving the decision of whether he will stand to contest in the coming Sarawak state election to Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“That one is the Chief Minister’s preogative as the president of the party,” said Fadillah when met by the media at the Ramah Tamah Gawai Raya event at Taman Harmony here last night.

There have been rumours within PBB that Fadillah will be standing for a state seat in the Sarawak election ever since the 14th General Election.

The whispers continue especially now that the next state election must be called by 2021 while at the same time, Fadillah is perceived to be actively participating in many state functions and is very vocal on many issues affecting Sarawak.

When pressed further on whether he had made any plans to “return” to Sarawak, the former Works Minister denied that he has been making plans to do so.

“Not me. It’s his (Abang Johari’s) prerogative. I have not heard anything about it (the rumours). I have not been told about it.”

When pressed again on whether he was willing to “return” to Sarawak, Fadillah said his main purpose was to serve the people and he would leave the decision to Abang Johari.

“I am here to serve. He (Abang Johari) is my boss. Whatever is his directive, I will go along with it,” said Fadillah.

Fadillah first stood in Petra Jaya in 2004 and won the seat. In 2008, he was re-elected and was appointed Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister.

After defending his seat in 2013, he was appointed as Works Minister. — DayakDaily