Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Pairin to continue leading PBS

Huguan Siou Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who has been Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president since the Sabah-based political party was formed in 1984 is all set to continue leading the party.

The Tambunan PBS Division, which he heads, held its meeting over the weekend returned him unopposed. As in previous party's election, the Tambunan assemblyman and Keningau member of Parliament, is likely to be opposed for the president post.

PBS's election will be held on Nov 7, 2009 at Hongkod Koisaan (the Kadazandusun Cultural Association's (KDCA) headquarters) at Jalan Penampang.

Pairin, who is also KDCA president, formed PBS after he was forced to leave Parti Berjaya Government, led by then Chief Minister Datuk Harris Mohd Salleh and of which Pairin was one of its Ministers, on Aug 16, 1984.

PBS was registered on Aug 6, 1984 and 46 days later, on April 22, 1985, the party won the State elections and Pairin was sworn as Sabah's 7th Chief Minister on April 22, 1985. Pairin has been Tambunan assemblyman since first winning the seat in the April 14, 1976 State elections.

Under the National Coalition Government, Pairin is now one of the three Sabah's Deputy Chief Ministers.

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