Seven candidates to contend for four PBB vice-president posts

The PBB Election Committee meeting in progress earlier today.

KUCHING, Jan 2: Major posts in Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) will not be contested except for the four vice-president posts which will be contested by seven top brass in the Bumiputera wing.

Among the seven candidates are three medical doctors, namely Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail and Dr Annuar Rapaee.

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who gave up contesting the senior vice-president’s post is also one of the seven candidates.

The rest are Datuk Julaihi Narawi, Datuk Len Talif Salleh and Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

The announcement was made by the party’s Election Committee chaired by Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar who is also the party permanent chairman at a press conference this afternoon held at PBB Headquarters

There was unanimous support for acting President Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who won uncontested.

There was also no contention for the post of PBB Women’s chief after Tan Sri Empiang Jabu stepped down. Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah who was the deputy PBB Women’s chief before was nominated and won uncontested.

It was the same situation for deputy youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu, who now assumes the chief post in the wing, after Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof went up a rung, from youth chief-cum-vice-president to senior vice-president.

By virtue of their posts as the Women and Youth chiefs, Fatimah and Rentap will automatically be vice-presidents of the party.

Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan will continue to assume the post of deputy president.

Meanwhile, on the Pesaka side, there was no contest for any post at all.

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas was nominated as deputy president, while former PBB secretary-general Dr Stephen Rundi stepped up as vice-president.

The other two vice-presidents from Pesaka are Datuk Roland Sagah and Datuk Gerawat Gala.

There is an unwritten consensus within PBB that if the president is from the Bumiputera wing, the secretary-general must be from Pesaka wing.

As the post is an appointed one, it has been rumoured that Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi will be appointed after the party election is over. — DayakDaily