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KUCHING, June 8: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) vice president Dato Henry Harry Jinep has announced his candidacy for the position of PDP deputy president in the coming Triennial General Assembly (TGA).
The PDP TGA is scheduled to take place from June 9 to 10 in Bintulu.
Henry disclosed that his nomination for the deputy president’s post in the TGA is set for June 10.
Currently, the PDP deputy president is Datuk Anthony Nogeh Gumbek.
As the chairman of PDP Tasik Biru division, Henry expressed his commitment to meeting with representatives from all divisions, including the youth wing and women’s wing. He has already engaged with representatives from Sibu, Miri, Kuching, and now Bintulu.
“There may not be a contest but we are uncertain yet until the very last minute. If there is one, I will contest and if not, we will assemble harmoniously.
“I think there is nothing wrong for me to campaign and meet with all of you (party members). If not, I will be criticised for not connecting with members while vying for the top post,” he said when addressing a fellowship dinner held prior to the PDP TGA at a hotel in Bintulu tonight.
Henry stressed that the gathering also serves as an opportunity for him to bond with party members.
With 37 years of involvement in the party, spanning from Sarawak National Party (SNAP) to Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and now PDP, he expressed his dedication to the PDP cause and his comrades under the PDP platform.
“We are together because we have a shared political ideology. We share a common goal to advance progress and contribute to the robust GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) government in which PDP is part of and our collective efforts in Sarawak,” he said.
Highlighting the significance of the TGA, Henry said provides a platform for top leaders and grassroots members to discuss and address both internal and external issues.
He said 44 divisions are participating in this year’s TGA as representatives and observers, while some divisions are temporarily suspended due to technical difficulties.
“This is a normal occurrence in a democratic process and is aimed at ensuring the stability and strength of the party.
“All issues in the party must be reported as the strength of the party is crucial for the GPS government. Despite being small, PDP wants to stand on equal footing with other component parties, reflecting our determination and resilience,” he added.
The gathering in Bintulu was attended by party members from Tasik Biru, Kota Sentosa, Tanjung Batu, Jepak, Kemena, Samalaju, Sri Aman and Bekenu divisions.
PDP president Dato Sri Tiong King Sing is expected to arrive at the meeting on June 10, while Premier of Sarawak cum GPS chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg will officiate the event on June 11. — DayakDaily