Taib to defend Balingian seat in Sarawak election

(Bernama) – Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has confirmed that he will defend his Balingian seat in the state election.

“That is why I am here,” he said when approached by reporters during a visit to the PBB Balingian service centre.

Taib, who is state Barisan Nasional chairman and PBB president, said the party would field about 25% new faces.

He added that the state Barisan was at the same time finalising its list of candidates.

“Once we are done, I will meet the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) for his endorsement, maybe on April 1 or 2,” he said.

On the possibility of Barisan fielding more women candidates, Taib said the coalition earlier had four to five individuals in mind.

“But they declined due to family commitment, career consideration and other factors,” he said.

Asked about incumbents who had stated their intention not to seek re-nomination, Taib said that this was a “positive, democratic sign” but “of course no one can stay there forever”.