By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Oct 3: Political observer Datuk Peter Minos believed that the state backbone political party Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is gearing up for the upcoming state election which is due by June next year.
During PBB’s Special Convention in Sibu today, Minos who attended the convention as party veteran gathered that the mood of most of the delegates were in high spirits for the upcoming state polls.
“Most of the delegates and observers I met talked little else but the impending polls.
“When exactly the state election will be, only Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi) Abang Johari Tun Openg will know but in his speech, he urges the delegates to be on the move, be ready and wait for his signal and when he will hit the “gong”,” he said in a statement.
Minos opined that the state election could be held soon, possibly in November this year.
He noted that Abang Johari in his speech listed out what PBB and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) had done and achieved under his leadership in the last three years.
He added that the GPS chairman also told the delegates that the GPS state government was able to win over Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and getting RM3 billion from the State Sales Tax (SST) imposed on the national oil corporation.
Minos said if GPS was given a fresh mandate to administer the state, the state government is capable of increasing and raising revenues for Sarawak.
The chief minister also wanted to raise the standard of English and education in Sarawak by setting up five international schools, he noted.
He said the GPS state government will continue to provide better infrastructure such as roads and bridges to spur social and economic development in Sarawak.
Minos asserted that the GPS state government will also focus on helping and upgrading the lives of the coastal people through the Coastal Area Development Authority (CADA).
“In essence, the chief minister’s speech at the PBB convention in Sibu was to get PBB members to be mentally geared and prepared for the coming state election, a morale booster and a call from the chief for members to be ready to go to the electoral battle,” he added. —DayakDaily