Sarawak Chief Minister and state Barisan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Taib Mahmud was returned unopposed as the chairman of the Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Balingian branch at its delegate conference held at the Mesra Civic Centre in Mukah, near here Saturday. Also returned unopposed was his deputy and former Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Muhammad Leo Micheal Toyad, who is the Mukah member of parliament.
A report in the English daily Eastern Times said PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also the state Housing Minister, represented Taib in closing the conference. Abdul Yakub Arbi was elected secretary of the branch.
In the women’s wing, Jaidah Bujang was elected chairperson and assisted by Jasni Ramli.
In the youth wing, Ryandi Teckin was returned unopposed as its head while Karnain Mohd Ali was elected as deputy head. Raymund Tanin was appointed the secretary.
In his welcoming speech at the gathering, Dr Toyad said the branch had endorsed Taib to continue to remain as chairman, as PBB president and as the chief minister.
Abang Johari, in conveying Taib’s message, said all party members must remain united to preserve its strength in the wake of greater challenges brought about by the state’s second wave of development.
He said they should not involve themselves in cluster politics but play their roles together “in charting out its future direction in staying relevant with the changing economic landscape as Sarawak progresses to become one of the most developed states in the country.” — Bernama