LAST_UPDATETue, 17 Jul 2018 10pm

PBB Exiting BN?

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

KUCHING  – Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB)  president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the party’s position in Barisan Nasional (BN) will be determined after consultations with the three other components in Sarawak BN namely SUPP, PRS and PDP.

Abang Johari, who is also Sarawak Chief Minister, also hinted about the formation of a  ‘united coalition of Sarawak-based parties’ to look after the interests of the people of  Sarawak.

“Yes I did not mention about BN but I did mention about a ‘united coalition of Sarawak-based parties’ as our platform and I have to consult with our Sarawak-based partners.

“Leaving BN? Its up to you to interpret but I have to consult my other component parties in BN, in other words, we (PBB) will review our position after consulting with the other component parties,” he said.

The Sarawak BN chairman was speaking at a press conference after a meeting of PPB’s Supreme Council that last almost three hours here today.

Asked for a timeline, Abang Johari said he would have to call for a meeting of the parties (in Sarawak BN) first.

To a question whether Sarawak will face problems of allocations from the Federal Government (if Sarawak  BN is with the opposition in Parliament), Abang Johari said this did not arise because such matters were governed by the Constitution.

“As I said earlier, we will work together with the federal government but we will not join Pakatan Harapan (which is in power at the federal level),” he said.

He added that PBB was determined to restore Sarawak’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and that it would continue to serve the people of Sarawak wholeheartedly to fulfil the  promises made in the 2016 State Election Manifesto.

Sarawak BN won 19 parliamentary seats in GE14, 13  of which were won by PBB candidates.

Meanwhile, PRS president Tan Sri Dr James  Masing, speaking to reporters after a meeting of the party’s supreme council here, said  PRS will play the role as an opposition party

He said the party respected the wishes of Malaysian voters for choosing Pakatan Harapan and its associate parties to administer Malaysia in the next five years.

Masing reminded Pakatan Harapan that in the last state election in 2016, the people of Sarawak had spoken that they wanted Barisan Nasional to administer Sarawak.

Sarawak BN has a two thirds majority in the state assembly.