Thursday January 24, 2013
Party leaders vouch for senior vice-president’s loyalty
KUCHING: PBB leaders continue to voice support for Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, whom a website article had alleged was trying to topple Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
The party’s deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday vouched for Tengah saying the latter would never resort to such tactic.
“This is mischievous. Tengah is no Brutus. I know him when he was still an officer under me during my time as an assistant minister.
“I was partially responsible for his candidacy and I can tell you he is not the kind,” he told reporters on Tuesday night.
He believed the article was the work of those who harboured jealousy towards PBB’s strong united front.
Asked if PBB would lodge a police report on the matter, he said there was no need for that as the report was false.
“My advice to all PBB members and followers is just ignore it,” he added.
He even jested that not long after this, he would not be surprised that more rumours would arise, pitting PBB members against each other.
He said this was just part and parcel of politics.
Meanwhile, PBB Women deputy chief Datuk Fatimah Abdullah believed this was just a ploy.
“Our Prime Minister had said this before that nearing election was a silly time where people would do so many things to benefit themselves,” she said.
She said plotting to topple one another did not happen in PBB and that the article was just the work of some lots who thought they could break the working relationship in the party.
“Like the Chinese proverb, if you want to kill a fish, go for the head first and the fish will die. And this is what they are doing,” she added.
Fatimah said the women’s wing of the Barisan Nasional at both the national and state levels would launch its election machinery on Feb 4.
She said Taib would be doing the launching and that Barisan Women chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil would attend.
“Our chief will also be down for some programmes with the rest of the Barisan Wanita. This is part of our preparation for the elections,” she said.
Fatimah said the women of Barisan had their role to play, especially when it came to the meticulous parts of the election process like taking care of the voters.