Monday, 3 August 2009

Sabah PKR leaders Dr Jeffrey, Ansari and Liew replaced

KOTA KINABALU: Former Tawau Municipal Council president Datuk Hamzah Amir as well as former Kuala Penyu assemblymen Datuk John Ghani and Datuk Kong Hong Ming have been appointed as the three deputy chairmen of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in Sabah following the party’s latest reshuffle of office bearers.

Mohamed Azmin Ali, the Liaison Chairman of Sabah PKR announced the new line-up during his speech at a meet-the-people session in Mile 3, Sandakan on Saturday.

He clarify that leaders like Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Ansari Abdullah and Christina Liew had not been dropped from the State Liaison Committee but were given more prominent roles to play as the joint heads of the Political Bureau.

Dr Jeffrey is still the Vice President of the party and he has been given a more prominent role to focus on the land issues affecting the people of Sabah. He will be liaising with our Deputy President, Dr Syed Husin Ali who is in charge of land issues at the national level..

Christina has also been retained as the Public Complaint Bureau Chief while Ahmad Thamrin Hj Jaini retained as Secretary.

Three persons, Abdul Razak Jamil, Jeffrey Yap and Adris Taripin were appointed as deputies to Thamrin.

Jonathan Yasin was appointed as the new Information Chief, while dentist Dr Roland Chia as Treasurer.

Two seasoned politicians, former Tuaran MP Yunuf Maringking and Awang Ahmad Sha Datuk Hj Awang Sahari were appointed as Advisers.

The most interesting appointment was probably that of blogger, Ronnie Klassen as Communication Director.

Describing the new line-up as a “winning team” for PKR Sabah, Azmin reiterated that the newly formed State Liaison Committee would from now on conducting their meetings more regularly to formulate policies and strategies to better deal with issues affecting the people in the state.

When delivering his speech in Sandakan, the MP for Gombak mooted the idea to get some Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) Members of Parliament (MP) to adopt certain constituencies in Sabah that currently have no representation from PR.

He promised to raise the matter soon with the MPs and pledged to visit Sabah at least once a month with his next trip scheduled for Tawau.

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