PBB sees PSB as “real” threat in next state polls

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK’S Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) sees Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) as a force to be reckoned with in the next state polls.

PBB, considered the backbone of ruling state government Gabungan Parti Sarawak, is now worried that PSB could seriously damage its hopes of winning in Dayak seats and mixed-ethnic state constituencies.

According a report in The Star, PBB leaders have warned party divisional chiefs of this in closed-door meetings at its northern Sarawak assembly in Miri.

“Even PBB president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg stressed that PBB’s election machinery on the ground must keep a close watch on PSB in the run-up to the state elections.”

PSB is largely made up of former GPS colleagues during Sarawak’s Barisan Nasional era.

“PSB have in their ranks former ministers and assistant ministers as well as grassroots chiefs who were once with Sarawak BN.

“They know PBB and GPS well. In northern Sarawak, PSB are real threats to PBB in places like Marudi, Mulu and Baram,” a PBB source told The Star.

PBB is in the midst of holding four regional general assemblies in the run-up to the 12th Sarawak state elections.