May 11. 2018
KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) will hold its supreme council meeting next week.
This was disclosed today by a supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
It is possible that the meeting will decide the future direction of the state government, he told Malay Mail.
Asked if he was aware of a meeting between the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud in Kuala Lumpur, he said he was not.
The Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing told Malay Mail that he met Taib in Kuala Lumpur yesterday and Taib informed him that he had met Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former finance minister, Tun Daim Zainuddin.
“... Taib met Dr Mahathir and Daim in Kuala Lumpur,” said Masing, refusing to say when or what he discussed with Taib in Kuala Lumpur.
Asked of the possibility that the four Sarawak BN parties could join PH, the Parti Rakyat Sarawak president replied: “If we must move, whether we decide to stay in BN or join Pakatan, we must do it together.
“We cannot move alone. We cannot afford to become fragmented. We must move together to continue to protect our state.”
MalaysiaKini reported today that Taib would summon the Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to a meeting today or tomorrow, after which Johari is expected to call an emergency state BN meeting on Wednesday.
According to sources, Taib had met Dr Mahathir and Daim before the general election but it would appear that he had kept it to himself pending the outcome of the polls.
Karim said there was no reason for the Sarawak-based parties not to work with the PH federal government.
He said there were talks before the general election among the state BN parties on what they would do if PH took over Putrajaya.
“We have discussed this possibility (working together with the PH federal government),” he said, adding: “We can’t be enemies all the time.”
Karim said Sarawak and the Federal government need to move forward in the interest of the country.
“Sarawak has the resources while the Federal government is obliged to provide financial allocation to Sarawak under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the federal constitution.
“So we need to work together,” he said. -@ybkarimsays