Dr James Jr Ongkili, 47, and seven of his family's members today joins Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) through the party's Kiulu Division. Dr James Jr is the second son of former Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, ex-Federal Minister of Justice, ex-Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (late) Datuk Dr James P Ongkili and Datin Margaret Godomon. Dr James Jr opted to join PBS through Kiulu Division as his mother is from and is still living in Kiulu.
PBS is headed by his grandfather Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan while one of the Deputy President, Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, is Dr James Jr's uncle.Dr Maximus is the late Datuk Dr James' younger brother.
Political blood run in this family and I will not be surprise the junior Ongkili will be followed by others in the family to join the political fray. My only hope is that this Ongkili and Kitingan families would not make Sabah politics `a political family tree.'