Uggah: Respect for tradition will ensure PBB grows stronger

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING, Feb 8: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) will continue to preserve its unique traditions to ensure that the party will continue to grow from strength to strength.

PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who is also the organising chairman for the upcoming PBB triennial delegates convention said the culture of PBB where leaders and members give in for the greater good of the party, will be upheld and “recognised” by all party members.

“We have our own tradition. We have our own culture which is very well preserved, and this is the culture and tradition that makes PBB stronger day by day,” Uggah told reporters after chairing the PBB Convention Committee Meeting at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching yesterday.

The Deputy Chief Minister was responding to the question if PBB was practising true democracy in its party election.

“Our focus is to find ways and means to develop Sarawak, the Bumiputera community especially. We want to make sure that we will be a high income state by 2030.

“We have issues of poverty, education and infrastructure. So those are the things we are focusing on.

“That is why we make sure that all party members recognised the most important thing – our own culture of unity, of respecting the decision of the leaders. I think this is a very important culture,” Uggah said.

He said the culture has been the reason that the party has been surviving and not only surviving but growing from strength to strength to the extent that other parties were envious of them.

There will be no contest for all posts in this convention, except for the vice-president posts where seven contenders will be vying for four posts for the Bumiputera wing.

“We are all friends. At the end of the say, we are family. Every end of our convention, we are getting stronger, more united and ready to face the future,” said Uggah.

On the related issue of whether the recent bad weather may hinder some of the party’s members from attending, Uggah said it would not.

“The weather (next few days) will be better than the last few days,” he said.

On logistics and lodging, Uggah said all have properly arranged for as it has been a “tip-top” preparation.

“We will have a final rehearsal tonight. After that, it will all be well.”

He said that was because those heading various committee were experienced people tasked to organise “Jasa Mu Dikenangi”, a one-day appreciation event for outstanding leaders and members last year.

The PBB Convention will start today and end on Feb 12. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to grace the conference on Feb 10. — DayakDaily