KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah will not be defending his Betong parliamentary seat in the next general election, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg confirmed today.
He made the confirmation after chairing Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council meeting at its headquarters here.
“Yes, Uggah will not be defending his Betong seat to give way to a new face,” Abang Johari, who is also PBB president, told reporters.
Uggah, 62, has been the Betong member of parliament since 1986, taking over from Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang.
In the 2016 state election, he contested the Bukit Saban, replacing Lawson Chuat.
It is speculated that Lawson will contest in Betong in the coming general election.
Meanwhile, Abang Johari said “some” other incumbent members of parliament will step down in the coming general election.
“It is the culture in PBB for the incumbents to step down so we need to find the replacements for them,” he said.
Apart from confirming Uggah not be seeking re-election, Abang Johari did not name names who will give way to new faces.
Among those certainly going to step down is Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit, the member for Mambong, due to health problem.
PBB has 14 members of parliament, out of 31 from Sarawak.
The other PBB members of parliament are Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (Santubong), Rubiah Wang (Kota Samarahan, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (Petra Jaya), Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (Batang Sadong), Datuk Seri Rohani Karim (Batang Lupar), Datuk Seri Norah Abdul Rahman (Tanjong Manis), Datuk Wahab Dolah (Igan), Datuk Seri Leo Michael Toyad (Mukah), Ahmad Lai Bujang (Sibuti), Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi (Kapit), Hasbi Habibollah (Limbang) and Datuk Sum Agong (Lawas).
Abang Johari said PBB is making preparation for the coming election which is expected to be called in the first half of next year.
Meanwhile, PBB will hold its triennial convention early next year.
Uggah, who is PBB acting deputy president (1), has been named as the chairman of the organising committee, with acting deputy president (2) Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan as deputy organising chairman. – dayakdaily.com