KUCHING, Feb 9 — Newly elected Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) Youth chief Gerald Rentap said the movement’s immediate priority is to ensure that the state Barisan Nasional (BN) win big in the coming 14th general election.
“We will work closely with the Youth movements of the other components of the state BN in our preparation to face the general election,” he told reporters after the joint opening of the 14th Triennial Delegates Conventions (TDC) of the Youth and Women movements of PBB here.
PBB president and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg opened the TDC at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
Rentap, who took over from Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, said that PBB Youth members will go to the ground to meet the people as soon as the TDC is over.
“Our priority is to explain the government’s policies and programmes to the people,” he said.
On the Youth’s resolutions at the TDC, he said they are on the Malaysia Agreement 1963, economy and education.
He said that the resolutions will be submitted to the party for further action.
“We are pertubed about our state’s rights stated in the Malaysia Agreement which have been eroded and we want our rights back,” he said.
Rentap said the Youth movement is also worried with the dilapidated condition of rural schools in Sarawak.
He blamed the poor results of rural students in public examinations to the poor conditions of schools.
“With poor results, it is difficult for these students to further in their studies,” he said.
Meanwhile, PBB Women movement newly elected head Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said recruiting more members to join the party is one of the agenda of the movement.
“If we want PBB to remain relevant, we need to have more new members and register more people as voters,” she said, adding that the movement wants more women to join the party and become voters.
Fatimah said there are 153,962 women members in PBB, out of over 323,000.
As the new head of the movement, she said she has a big responsibility to continue the legacy of her predecessor Tan Sri Empiang Jabu who has helmed the movement for 10 years.
“She has left us a very high standard for me to follow,” Fatimah said.