PBB Lingga rep quits party posts, won’t defend her seat

KUCHING – The incumbent Barisan Nasional assemblywoman for Lingga, Hajah Simoi Peri (PBB), has announced that she is stepping down from all party posts and will not seek renomination for the upcoming state election.

The 47-year old PBB Supreme Council member, who is also Lingga PBB chief, told a press conference here Tuesday that she was quitting politics.

“I am stepping down from all party posts. I just want to remain as an ordinary member.

“I will not seek re-election. I am going back to the things I love most, doing charity and welfare work and focussing on religion, apart from continuing my own business.

“I have informed PBB president (Sarawak Chief Minister) Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud of my decision.

“I leave on good terms with everyone and I wish Barisan all the best,” she said.

Simoi, who came into the political scene in 2006 when she was nominated by PBB in Lingga, defeated PKR’s Abang Osman in the Lingga state constituency by about 2,000 votes, in her very first public political contest.

She was the Jabatan Agama Islam Sarawak deputy director-general for information and public affairs.

Her resignation from her party posts and active politics was not due to any internal party problems or pressure from anyone, Simoi stressed.

“I thank the CM for the chance to serve the people in Lingga. I made my decision to quit three days ago and I have informed the CM.” – MC

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