Empiang pledges undying loyalty to PBB

Posted on : 10 Feb 2018  Source of News: borneo post online

Abang Johari (second left) and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (second right) who is also PBB deputy president look on as (from right) Gerald, Empiang and outgoing PBB Youth chief, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof declare their loyalty to the party during the assembly.

KUCHING: Outgoing Women chief of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Tan Sri Empiang Jabu has pledged to follow her husband, former deputy president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, to stay loyal to the party which she has now served for 34 years.

She also says the younger Jabu generation, in reference to her son Gerald Rentap Jabu and  daughter Umang Jabu, will continue the family’s  struggles in the party.

“I have enjoyed every moment throughout my 34 years voluntarily working for our well-respected and disciplined party, which is the backbone and strength of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

“I hereby pledge the same commitment, dedication and loyalty, which my husband Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu has promised to PBB (when stepping down last year), that I will live and die within PBB.

“In total, Datuk Patinggi Jabu and I have served until today, more than 80 years in PBB. God-willing, I pray and hope that we would be blessed with good health to achieve maybe 100 years of loyalty and dedication to our party,” she said in her speech at the opening of the PBB Youth and Women Wings 14th General Assembly yesterday.

The event at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) was declared open by Chief Minister and PBB president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Empiang said she had been PBB Women deputy chief for 23 years and its chief for 10 years after taking over from Datuk Sharifah Mordiah Tuanku Fauzi in 2007.

With her stepping down, her then-deputy Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah – who was unanimously nominated for the Women chief post – would take over, with the Pesaka and Bumiputera sections of PBB now alternating the posts of its Women and Youth chiefs.

Her son Gerald is the new PBB Youth chief, while Umang Jabu is expected to be appointed to one of the key posts in PBB Women.

“I am now already 74 years old, and a grandmother. It is with a sincere heart that I am stepping down for the younger echelon to take over.

“I am confident my successor Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah will continue the good working relationship with the Youth wing and main body of the party,” said Empiang, also expressing her confidence that the alternation of the chief posts between Pesaka and Bumiputera sections remained the foundation of the party’s continued stability.

On a related matter, Empiang hoped that the positive initiatives by the chief minister would help resolve matters related to ‘pemakai menoa’ (territorial / communal domains) and pulau galau (forest reserves), as well as to restore Sarawak’s pride by revisiting the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

She called upon members of PBB Women to work together towards realising the chief minister’s mission of transforming Sarawak’s economy through the digital economy initiatives and turning the state into the region’s ‘food basket’.

It is reported that the general assembly yesterday gathered 246 PBB Women delegates from 82 branches, representing the party’s 126,189 women members.