PBB Supreme Council to up representatives from Women Wing from 1 to 6

Fatimah (front row, 4th left) photographed with other PBB Women Supreme Council members at PBB headquarters, Kuching on Feb 23, 2024.

By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, Feb 23: In pursuit of more women representation in Sarawak politics, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) has amended its constitution to have no less than five of its Women Supreme Council members appointed into the PBB Supreme Council.

PBB Women chief Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said the amendment was proposed during the PBB Convention in 2022 and was approved by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to be in effect starting June 7, 2023.

“Previously, PBB Women Wing had only one representative in the party’s Supreme Council whereby the Women chief automatically becomes the vice president in the Supreme Council.

“With the amendment, five additional posts in the main supreme council are allocated for the Women Wing members. Therefore, we will have six women representatives in total,” she told a press conference after chairing the PBB Women Supreme Council’s meeting at PBB headquarters today.

Earlier, PBB Women secretary Senator Susan Chemerai Anding read the amendment involving Article 14 of PBB’s constitution, which states no more than 32 members, including five members from the Youth Wing, five members from the Women Wing and two members from the Belia 1828 Wing to be appointed by the PBB president with the approval of the Supreme Council.

Currently, the PBB Supreme Council has only two women representatives, Fatimah herself as the vice president and Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali as the assistant secretary-general.

On June 17, 2022, Fatimah, during the PBB Convention held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), proposed amending the party’s constitution to appoint no less than five Women Supreme Council members into the PBB Supreme Council.

She said this does not include the automatic appointment of a women leader as the vice president and women who became members of the PBB Supreme Council through victory in the Council’s election. — DayakDaily