Santubong MP Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaffar is desperately wanting to send a message to his bosses that he's still good to defend his seat in the coming polls.
Wan Junadi has been very vocal on a number of controversial issues and never a day goes by without him being quoted by the media on some matter or the other.
Rumours in the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) circles say that he is likely to be dropped from the list of candidates for the coming parliamentary election.
He is rumoured to be replaced by Dr Abang Draup Zamahari Abg Zen, chairman of State Housing Commission.
Draup, a former assistant minister is said to be aligned to Abang Johari Tun Openg, PBB deputy president and Minister of Housing and Minister of Tourism.
Junaidi, a five-term MP, is also rumoured to among the BN leaders that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is talking to although the former has denied this.
Political observers here opined that Junaidi’s sudden championing of issues was in fact an attempt at sending a message to his political masters that he is still needed in Sarawak.
But Junaidi’s latest comments has only served to anger locals, familiar with the economic situation of Sarawak bumiputeras.
Junaidi was recently quoted as saying that bumiputeras have yet to own 30% of the economic cake.
‘Wealth in one family’s hands’
Chastising his ignorance, Sarawak PKR leader Baru Bian said that Junaidi was “sadly mistaken”.
“I wish to tell him on behalf of all Sarawakians that he is sadly mistaken.
“In fact bumiputera hold much more than 30% of the economic cake of Sarawak.
“Unfortunately for the ordinary bumiputera, the immense wealth is held in the hands of one corrupt bumiputera (read Taib) and in those of his equally corrupt family members and crony politicians and friends.” he said.
The Taib family and friends reportedly have a finger in more than 330 companies in Malaysia.
The state DAP have consistently pointed out that major contracts in the state were being given out to Taib-linked companies.
Their latest allegations were against the Sarawak Energy Board (SEB) which had intended to give the Sino-Synergy joint venture – a company in which Taib’s son Mahmud Bekir had a 25% – the contract to build 500kV transmission lines from Similajau in Bintulu to Tondong in Bau even though its bid was RM138 million higher than the lowest tender.