MIRI: Lingga incumbent Simoi Peri of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu announced she would not seek re-election in the next state election at a press conference at the Miri Marriott Resort & Spa here.
“I had an audience with party president Pehin Sri Abdul Taib (Chief Minister) two days ago to convey my desire not to contest in the coming state election. He agreed with my decision,” she said.
“No one forced me to make the decision. I want to give way and chance to the young blood to serve the people. I want to concentrate on charity and religious activities and my business,” she said.
Simoi disclosed that she would also relinquish her post as a Supreme Council member of Women Wing of PBB Sarawak and PBB Lingga chief. She will be serving the party as an ordinary member.
Simoi expressed her gratitude to Taib for giving her the opportunity to serve in Lingga for a term.
On her replacement, she said she would leave it to the party leader to choose the candidate.
“The replacement could be a man but I believe that the chief minister has made his assessment and will announce the candidate’s name in due time. Just wait and see,” she added.
She reminded the people to continue to support the government under Barisan Nasional to ensure continuous development and progress in Lingga.
She joined PBB in 2006.
Prior to her political stint she worked at the State Islamic Department.
She contested in the same year and defeated Abang Othman Abang Gom from PKR with 3,245 votes.