PBB amends membership application procedures to expedite approval process

Abang Johari (seated centre) addressing the press conference.

KUCHING, September 1: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) has amended its membership application procedures to reduce the “bottleneck” of applications awaiting approval that the party is currently facing.

PBB president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the amendment to the membership procedures will see the party’s supreme council endorsing the applications, as opposed to the previous process where approval had to come from branches.

Once the application has been endorsed, the respective branches will be given four weeks to submit an objection. If there is no objection, the application would automatically be approved, he added.

Currently, there are some 3,000 applications, mostly youths and graduates, that had to be shelved due to the previous process.

“We have decided to amend our membership drive process because there are so many people who wish to join PBB but we are facing a certain ‘bottleneck’, where new members must apply through the branches.

“So, from today, the party supreme council will endorse new members instead of depending on the branches to do it,” Abang Johari told a press conference after a closed-door PBB supreme council meeting at its headquarters here today.

However, the chief minister said the supreme council members would still refer to the respective branches for verification of new members.

Abang Johari also said that a new membership drive will be implemented to make it easier and quicker for new members to join the party.

“We are going to implement the new approach to endorse new members. For instance, among the youth and graduates, there are many who have submitted their membership forms, including through online.

“We have 3,000 outstanding new members now because we can’t endorse them as we have to follow the current procedures, whereby we need the branches to endorse them,” he continued.

PBB secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi lauded the new procedure, which would make it quicker and easier to approve new members.

“However, we still have to engage with the branches to help with input and verifcation,” said the Kapit MP. — DayakDaily