Thursday, March 04, 2010

Taib says Sarawak poll will take place soon

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud today asked the party’s members to ready their election machinery for a state election which he said could be held at any time now.

“I may call it (the state election) sooner or later, depending on my inspiration,” he told reporters after the closing of the 12th PBB general assembly, here.

Abdul Taib, who is the Sarawak chief minister, said that based on the mood of the party members during the general assembly, they are motivated to face a state election.

Declining to say when the state election would be called, he said the party must be well prepared to face the election to ensure a thumping victory for the PBB candidates.

The term of the current government expires in July next year but many political observers and opposition parties believe the chief minister may call an early election to take advantage of the prevailing feel-good factor, with the economy recovering and the many goodies announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during his recent visit to the rural areas of the state.

Fuelling the speculation of an early state election are the constant visits of federal ministers to Sarawak once a month beginning last year.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition won 62 of the 71 seats in the state election in May 2006, with the PBB winning 35 bumiputera-majority seats.

Apart from the PBB, the other BN component parties in Sarawak are the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

On another matter, Abdul Taib said that during the PBB general assembly, delegates expressed the wish for all development projects planned by the federal government to be implemented as soon as possible.

He said many of the delegates wanted the projects to be implemented fast to propel Sarawak to be on par with the other states in the country. — Bernama

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