Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidate for the Tanjong Datu state by-election Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu today apologised and expressed regret for not being able to meet with the residents and voters in Tanjong Datu for the time being.
She said she could not join the campaign for the by-election as she was observing the ‘edah’ (mourning) period as required in Islam, following the death of her husband, the late Chief Minister of Sarawak Tan Sri Adenan Satem, on Jan 11.
However, Jamilah said she was keeping abreast of all developments and issues raised during the campaign.
“InsyaAllah (God willing), as soon as the situation permits, I will go to the ground to meet everyone and go straight to work as expected of me,” Jamilah said in an open letter to the voters of Tanjong Datu.
She said she was confident that her team and fellow comrades in the BN had done their best in campaigning for her for the by-election.
Nevertheless, she called on all registered voters to come and cast their votes on the polling day this Saturday.
“The people’s mandate and the big victory in the by-election will be the proof of our support to the leadership of the new Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also Sarawak BN chairman,” she said.
Jamilah said she was prepared to shoulder the duties and responsibilities as the elected representative for Tanjong Datu and to continue the legacy of her late husband, who was also the former assemblyman for the constituency.
“Although I’m still mourning, I’m determined to continue and finish whatever works that my late husband had planned for Tanjong Datu,” she said.
However, she asked not to be compared to her late husband.
“He was unique and special as a husband, a father and a leader,” she said.
“As a woman who hails from a rural area, to becoming a wife and mother, I have gone through all obstacles and challenges with Tok Nan, especially in understanding the tasks of an elected representative, the problems of the multi-ethnic people, and the ups and downs of political life,” she said.
In the letter, Jamilah also expressed her gratitude to all quarters who had come to pay their last respect to her husband and for all the condolence messages conveyed to her and the family.
The Tanjong Datu by-election sees a three-corner fight between Jamilah, the New Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak’s (PBDS) candidate Raphelson Richard Hamit and Sarawak Reform Party’s (Star) Johnny Aput.
Source : @ Bernama