KUCHING: Datuk Norah Abdul Rahman has decided not to defend Tanjong Manis parliamentary seat in this 14th General Election (GE14).
She publicly mentioned her intention in a Facebook posting today, saying that she has already met Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan to convey her decision.
She stated she had told Abang Johari and Awang Tengah to exclude her from contesting in this GE14 due to health reason.
She thanked those who had been supporting her, and she apologised for any mistake during her two-term tenure as Tanjong Manis MP.
She also urged the constituents to accept and support the new candidate to be decided by Barisan Nasional soon.
“I pray that Sarawak BN will again win big and win with style. Let us give full support to our Chief Minister and Prime Minister. The BN support base in Tanjong Manis remain strong in all the villages, longhouses and settlements.
“The people of Tanjong Manis are always loyal to Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and Barisan Nasional will go to the ground ensuring our big win there. To the people of Tanjong Manis, make me proud and readily accept the new candidate,” she wrote in the posting.
Norah is the daughter of the late Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub, former Head of State and former Chief Minister of Sarawak.
She was elected to the Parliament unopposed in the 2008 general election. In 2013, she won the seat by 10,964 vote-majority against a candidate from PAS.
With her not defending the seat, this means PBB will now have to find four new faces as candidates in this GE14.
The other two seats that will have new faces are Mukah, Betong and Puncak Borneo.