Jamilah Anu, the widow of the late Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem, is BN’s candidate for the upcoming Tanjong Datu by-election. MalaysiaKini reports:
Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said Jamilah, a 62-year-old mother of two, is a familiar face among Tanjong Datu leaders and voters.
“After discussing the matter with PBB and BN component parties leaders, we have decided that Jamilah Anu, the widow of the late chief minister will represent BN in the by-election.
“I am confident that the support given to Tok Nan (Adenan Satem), they will also give the same strong support for Jamilah as well.
“Actually she has been very active. She has gone down to the ground to help Tok Nan and I can tell you, she is a grassroot leader,” said Abang Johari after chairing meeting with state BN leaders in Kuching today.
Abang Johari said Jamilah had been actively assisting Adenan since his days as Muara Tuang state assemblyperson (1979-2006).
To a question, Abang Johari said only one name was nominated by Sarawak BN as their candidate and the matter had received the approval of BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak.
“It will be a low key, we will do the campaign for her. She will be there to present her nomination papers.”
He said that he had floated the idea of contesting to Jamilah and she was receptive. Jamilah was not present at the press conference today.
After the press conference, PBB’s women division chief Empiang Jabu said that her party members would work hard in the by-election to ensure a victory for BN.
“We will be working hard together with Jamilah in this by-election. For Wanita PBB, we cannot be complacent and take it easy. I have faith in her and we will try our very best to win this election,” she said.
The Tanjong Datu seat became vacant when Adenan passed away earlier this month after suffering from heart complications.
The nomination process will be held on Feb 4 while voting will be held on Feb 18.