KUCHING: All eyes are on Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) as both the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties are holding their supreme council meetings tomorrow.
PBB, the lynchpin of the state BN, is holding its meeting at the party headquarters in Jalan Bako, Petra Jaya near here at 2pm.
The meeting is expected to be chaired by PBB president and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg.
Meanwhile, PRS president Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing is chairing the party’s supreme council meeting at its headquarters in Jalan Wan Alwi here at 10am.
He said the meeting would discuss whether the party should move forward or maintain the status quo post.
Political analysts said PBB was in a tight spot as it was torn between upholding BN’s spirit of camaraderie and prioritising the state’s development agenda. Many of the mega projects are funded by the Federal Government.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak deputy vice-chancellor (student and alumni affairs) Professor Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman said he believed that the PBB leadership had the wisdom to resolve issues facing the party.
“Although the meeting’s agenda remains unclear, I believed the party will reflect on the outcome of GE14 since the chief minister has expressed disappointment over Sarawak BN’s performance in the polls.
“I believe the party leadership will deliberate on the way forward, following BN’s major defeat at the national level.
“It may be a delicate situation but PBB must buckle down since the next state election will be held in another two years or later,” he said.
Universiti Malaya (UM) Socioculture Department senior lecturer Associate Professor Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said he did not discount the possibility of PBB leaving the state BN to form a locally-based political alliance.
“The party is aware that it will not be accepted by the Sarawak Pakatan Harapan leadership, which had fought hard against it.
“PBB might form a new political alliance and it is possible that other parties in Sarawak BN will join it,” he said, adding that a locally-based alliance would show that PBB was serious about seeking greater autonomy for the state.