CM hints at possibility of some new faces in GE14

Posted on : 21 Apr 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (sixth right) presenting a reappointment letter to one of the community leaders, Penghulu Latan Ambau.

SARATOK: State Barisan Nasional (BN) subscribes to the policy of having leaders from the younger generation to complement the experienced ones, said its chairman Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Citing example of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), in which he is president, the chief minister said the party has never sidelined young leaders for chance to lead and the seniors too are ever ready to pass them the baton of leadership.

He said leaders in PBB knew that when it is time to step down, they will do so.

The leadership styles may be different from one person to another but their objectives are always the same – to serve the people well and to take good care of the future and wellbeing of members of the younger generation, he noted when officiating the BN government’s  ‘Sejiwa Senada’ community outreach programme here this afternoon.

“There is bound to be new faces fielded by BN in this forthcoming parliamentary election,” he said.

Abang Johari did not go into specific details, but his statement fueled the possibility that Saratok parliamentary constituency may see the fielding of a new BN candidate in the coming 14th general election (GE14).

Saratok has been viewed by many as a political hot seat, not so much because the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has toppled BN in Krian and making advancement in Kalaka and Kabong, but because of the intense lobbying by incumbent MP Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom (of PBB) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP)’s Subeng Mula, Dr James Chela and Basil Thomas for the right to use the BN ticket to contest.

All four are of Iban descent.

There is also rumour on the ground that a Malay intellectual, who is the son of a prominent politician, is eyeing the seat.