Adenan (centre), other PBB leaders and members show their readiness for the polls.
Adenan hitting the drum to launch Miri Zone election machinery while (from left) Asfia, Awang Tengah, Jamilah, Ripin and others
MIRI: State Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem has told aspiring candidates left out of his list to forget trying to lobby to the higher leadership, saying it would be futile.
Speaking at the launch of PBB Miri Zone election machinery at Mega Hotel here on Wednesday night, the Chief Minister said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also national BN chairman, had entrusted him to pick the most winnable candidate for all the 82 seats in the coming state election.
“The Prime Minister has signed the papers and it is for me to fill in the blank. I hold the authority to give you the ‘dacing’ (BN logo) which is the road to victory. He has given me the power and he will not interfere. That means he trusts me,” he pointed out.
In a warning those who try to go against his wishes, he said:
“If there are people who try to go over my head, go ahead.”
Meanwhile, he paid tribute to outgoing deputy chief minister and deputy PBB president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang for his enormous contributions and service to the state and the party.
At the end of his speech, Adenan announced that PBB deputy youth leader Gerald Rentap Jabu will stand in Layar, replacing Jabu who was given the privilege to name his successor.
“Let it be written in the history books that the services of Alfred Jabu anak Numpang is appreciated – he is the longest serving ADUN in Sarawak and the legislature in Malaysia,” he said.
Adenan surprisingly also announced at the function that SUPP candidates will stand in Piasau and Pujut while incumbent assemblyman Datuk Lee Kim Shin will most likely be re-nominated for Senadin.
He also announced that incumbent Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat (PBB) and Bekenu assemblywoman Rosey Yunus (Teras) will also be re-nominated as BN candidates, drawing loud applause from supporters present.
Meanwhile, the PBB president called on all grassroots leaders and members to maintain discipline and ensure victory for BN candidates in the election, and put party interest above personal preference.
He said the announcements were intended to end controversies and speculations over the seats.
“Supporting them means you support me. If you want me to continue to be chief minister, you vote for them,” he said.
Adenan also touched on what he had done in the past two years as chief minister and asked for a strong mandate to complete his plans and programmes for the state.
“Two years is not enough, and that is why I need another five more years. After that, I don’t want to be chief minister of Sarawak anymore as I would be 77 by then,” he said.
At the same time, Adenan called on PBB branches in Piasau, Pujut and Senadin to be united and give their total support to his chosen candidates to ensure BN victory in the respective constituencies.
Adenan’s wife Datin Patinggi Dato Jamilah Anu, PBB permanent president and State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, senior PBB vice-president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, state BN and PBB secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom and other party leaders were present.