Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) will maintain the power-sharing formula that has been the practise in the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN), its president Tan Sri Adenan Satem said today.
Adenan who is also Sarawak chief minister gave the assurance that PBB will keep to the consensus rule, after the state BN lynchpin agreed to accept “in principal” five assemblymen who had contested as direct coalition candidates in the May state election.
With the acceptance, PBB will have 45 out of 82 seats in the Sarawak State Assembly.
“Even though we have a majority number of seats, it does not mean that we are not prepared to share power with the others,” Adenan Satem told reporters here.
The chief minister said there will be no change in the composition of the state Cabinet consisting of ministers from the BN component parties — Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) — and the pro-BN friendly party United People’s Party (UPP).
“Therefore, there is no need for the other BN parties to worry about PBB. As I said, even though we have absolute majority, we are willing to share power with them,” he said asked about the concerns expressed by PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Masing and SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian that PBB will be too strong to the extent that it could disregard the views of other BN parties.
The five who are accepted into PBB are: Miro Simoh (Serembu), John Ilus (Simuja), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu), Datuk Gerawat Gala (Mulu) and Paulus Gumbang (Batu Danau).
Adenan said they will be formally accepted into PBB after they have followed procedures to be the party’s members.
He said the five submitted their applications to join PBB soon after the May 7 state elections.
On the case of Pakan’s state lawmaker Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, who had also applied to join PBB, Adenan said Mawan had requested for more time to make a decision.
“It is up to him to make the decision, either to join PBB or return to his old party, Parti Tenaga Rakyat (Teras),” he said.
Mawan resigned from Teras before nomination day to enable to contest as Barisan’s direct candidate.
Johical Rayong (Engkilili) and Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, who won as direct candidates, have since rejoined UPP, the party they left before nomination day.
They also applied to join PBB after the state elections.