KENINGAU: Five hundred and fifty Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) members from eight branches in Sook quit the party and joined the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) through Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) here yesterday.
forms to join PBS were submitted to PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin
Kitingan at the opening of the PBS Sook Division annual general meeting
at the community hall here.
The dissolution of eight SAPP
branches followed former SAPP Sook deputy head Jake Jikah Sintah’s
decision to leave the party and join BN through PBS.
is also Deputy Chief Minister, in his opening speech described the
influx of new members to the party as proof that PBS is still relevant
and accepted by the people, especially those from Sook and Pensiangan.
PBS struggle is for the people, state and future generations. The
participation of new members in PBS from around the state will return
the fame and glory of PBS in 1985,” he said.
He said the strength of PBS involved the establishment of more branches, including the participation of new members.
who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development, added in every
election, issues of candidates often arose, and PBS would study and
discuss with the BN leadership on candidate issues involving PBS
“In addition to showing the greatness of spirit, all
details about the leaders should be sent to me as soon as possible as a
guide to help me when discussing with the BN leadership,” he said.
said PBS was always committed to its struggle for the people and at 27
years, PBS was more mature, playing a very important role in the
political arena and the development of the state and country.
the second largest party in the state, he said PBS had contributed to
BN’s victory in the last general election and PBS would also continue to
support the BN government and contribute to the leadership of the
country in terms of ideas, suggestions and cooperation in an effort to
drive unity, peace, political stability and national development.
participation in BN is a smart and strategic action to ensure that the
state continues to unite together, work together and mutually help each
other as a big family.
“PBS is with the other BN component parties
in the administrative and policy support of the government under the
leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak on
the economic transformation program that Najib pioneered to make
Malaysia a developed nation by 2020,” he said.
Pairin called on
PBS leaders at all levels to prepare and move the entire election
machinery to face the 13th general election to be held anytime soon.
requested that all party members maintain mutual understanding and
enhance cooperation as a team to ensure BN’s victory in the general
“All PBS leaders must go to the ground to reach out to
the people and to address and solve their problems, and in addition, to
continue close relationship between the leaders and the people.
believe with the high level of commitment, PBS will continue to have a
place in the people’s hearts as well as Sabah BN partners; strong and
able to contribute to BN in the coming election,” he said.
of 500 delegates and observers from PBS Sook Division, including
divisional head Datuk Dr Bernard S Maraat, PBS deputy president Datuk
Almudin Rule, vice-presidents Datuk Radin Malleh and Datuk Dr Othman
Minuddin, Youth chief Datuk Jahid Jahim, members of the supreme council
Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam and Datuk Louis Rampas, organizing chairman
and deputy head of Sook Division, Ronny Rusikan, Sook committee members,
Women and Youth division attended the meeting.