KUCHING: Some Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) members of Samariang branch are wondering whether the current assemblywoman YB Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali is to be retained to defend the seat.
Although YB Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali has been going around to convince her constituents that she would defend the seat for the second term, some are not convinced.
Her self-appointed information chief Ahmad Mansor has gone to great length to convince the party members that the party president Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud still wants YB Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali to be the people's representative for the Samariang constituency.
However, it seems that all of her efforts have failed to produce the desired result.
Despite of her efforts to portray herself as THE candidate for the constituency, she could not stop the party members from believing in rumours that the PBB Samariang Youth Chief Mohd Azrai Abdul Karim would replace her in the coming state election.
Firstly, the performance of Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali is generally below average, at least to those who strongly believed in the rumours.
This group of people tend to compare her performance against her own mother Datuk Sharifah Mordiah Tuanku Fauzi who has given way to her to defend the seat for PBB in the last state election.
Secondly, Mohd Azrai Abdul Karim's mother Dona Babel was the assemblywoman for the constituency before PBB decided to give it to Datuk Sharifah Mordiah Tuanku Fauzi.
The supporters of Mohd Azrai Abdul Karim argue that since Syarifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali's performance is not that encouraging, there is a strong possibility that she would be replaced by Mohd Azrai Abdul Karim.
As a result of these rumours, YB Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali has invited Mohd Azrai Abdul Karim to attend a meeting with her recently.
During the meeting, the assemblywoman stressed to Mohd Azrai Abdul Karim that she would still be asked by the party to defend the seat.
Her reason was : “CM still likes me.” Period.
However, the meeting has failed to quash the rumours because the supporters of Mohd Azrai Abdul Karim simply don't buy it.
“I believe Azrai will replace Hasidah,” said a Samariang PBB youth member in a confident manner.
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