Wednesday January 23, 2013
Online claims of plot against Taib preposterous, says Wan Junaidi
KUCHING: PBB does not need to do anything to counter an online report of an alleged plot by party insiders to topple the Chief Minister, says its Supreme Council member.
Since the report is “definitely a political gimmick” intended to cause a shake-up in PBB, Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar feels that it does not even deserve to be given a second thought.
“There’s no need to counter (the report) because when you are right, what is there to counter?” the Santubong MP told pressmen after presenting the RM100 cash aid to students at SK Tabuan here yesterday.
Wan Junaidi, who is also Deputy Parliament Speaker, said the party was the strongest and most united in the state Barisan Nasional, and that it was always moving closely with Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is party president and Chief Minister.
He believed that PBB members would not believe the report or be easily swayed by it.
When asked on how such a report could be so detailed, Wan Junaidi said it still did not mean it was factual.
“You can come with names or anything (for that matter) but everybody knows who the leaders are. Only a couple of days ago, the Chief Minister and Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan were together visiting Special Functions Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office Tan Sri Adenan Satem at the hospital (National Heart Institute) in Kuala Lumpur.
“I happened to be there and they were clearly laughing together, so it’s (report) definitely a political gimmick,” he said, referring to an article in the Sarawak Report alleging that a powerful conspiracy was taking place to depose the Chief Minister at the next PBB convention due in May.
It stated that there were high-level defectors among the party members who were supportive of Tengah taking over as Chief Minister.
The report even provided a name list, comprising leaders from other component parties, including the posts they would be holding under the “new” leadership.