PENAMPANG: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has announced a major restructuring of its key and strategic positions to rejuvenate the party’s leadership going forward into 2021.
Its president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the new appointees were proven youthful leaders who have been loyal and contributed towards the party’s growth.
The newly restructured line-up sees former secretary-general Datuk Jahid Jahim appointed as acting deputy president under the Muslim Bumiputera quota, while former information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai elevated as the new secretary-general and former assistant secretary-general Datuk Julita Majungki as the new information chief.
Tandek assemblyman Hendrus Anding was appointed as new assistant secretary-general and Telupid assemblyman Jonnybone Kurum as assistant information chief.
Supreme council member Mursid Mohd Rais was promoted to vice president while Dr Samuil Mopun is made supreme council member.
“With the appointment of Jahid as the party’s number two, it will not only strengthen the Muslim arm of the party, but also ensures the existing support from the Bumiputera Muslims towards PBS will continue to increase.
“This is also to prove that we in PBS have been listening to the demands from all supporters of all ethnicities for a renewal of leadership from the younger generation,” he said.
Ongkili added that PBS had always boasted as the oldest multiracial political party, which had also been the trust of PBS since its inception in 1985.
“As a multiracial political party, PBS had been championing its trust and core struggle, which among others to uphold the rights of Sabah and Sabahans as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), fighting against the persistence presence of illegal immigrants, and our stand and support for the Anti-Hop Law.
“We are grateful to the voters for their continuous support for PBS, and as a result, we won seven seats in the last state election. It was also a test to us because after 16 years, this was the first time that PBS used its own flag,” he said.