PBB Women start preparations for `different than before’ state polls

Fatimah (seated centre) in a group photo with PBB Women Supreme Council members after a meeting. Also seen are Rohani (seated third from left), Jamilah (seated second from right) and Rubiah (seated right).

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Jan 19: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women’s wing has started preparing to fight an intense 2021 state election with the new ‘hornbill’ identity.

Its chief, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, emphasised that the preparations to face the next election, which she viewed would be ‘different than before’, would start now.

“As we are all aware, the opposition (Pakatan Harapan) has openly declared their intention to seize Sarawak. Our preparation and our fight start now,” she told a press conference after chairing the PBB Women Supreme Council meeting at PBB Headquarters here today.

Efforts to keep the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) spirit alive and burning, she added, would continue aggressively following the just-ended GPS Flag Rally Convoy yesterday.

“We have discussed in the meeting about five focus activities to be carried out in the division and branch levels from now until the election,” she said without elaborating.

“One of the objectives is to increase public awareness about the coalition’s new symbol and logo as well as public confidence in GPS.”

Now that GPS has an identity following the introduction of the coalition logo of a ‘hornbill’, a new anthem and ‘Sarawak First’ vision, Fatimah, who is also Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development, was filled with pride that this is a new beginning for GPS.

“I am sure that this new identity will boost the confidence of the public and supporters at the grassroots level in that GPS with leaders of vast experience that put Sarawak and the people first is the right platform.

“We are also hoping to increase the membership of PBB Sarawak, which now has 336,538 members as at Dec 31, 2018. We hope the genuine people will join us to give us the support.”

The PBB Women’s Wing vowed unwavering and firm support for Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg as well as his decisions and actions for the development of Sarawak in the interests and benefits of all Sarawakians.

“The Women’s Wing will join forces and work together with PBB Central, Youth and GPS component parties to prepare and fight the election battle,” she assured.

Batang Lupar MP Dato Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang, Tanjong Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu and other PBB Women Supreme Council members were present. — DayakDaily