members urged to think, act like adults
New Sabah Times, 07 March 2003
KINABALU: Now that Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is 18 years
old, its members are urged to think and act like adults.
PBS members, we must understand our role because we are
18 years old today,” said its president, Datuk Joseph Pairin
said that as an adult party, it was paramount that its members
increased efforts toward political maturity.
an 18-year-old party that has been through the long and
winding political road… that has been bitter sweet, members
must take initiatives from this experience,” he said at
the PBS 18th Anniversary Dinner on Wednesday at the Golf
View Restaurant here.
said that an increased sense of responsibility was needed,
and that any political maturity must be used wisely, and
channelled towards useful efforts.
an audience of predominantly PBS supreme council members,
women and youth movements as well as several invited guests,
Pairin asserted that the objective of the PBS’ struggle
has been in line with the wishes of the Sabah people from
I contested as an independent in 1984, I contested as symbol
for democracy, fairness, development and voice of the people
who wanted issues such as illegal immigrants here to be
resolved,” he said. “The outcome of this initial political
step led to the formation of PBS.”
of its colourful political history, he said that the party’s
intention for the people of Sabah has always been sincere.
said PBS’ return to the BN was not surprising because the
initial formation of the party was within the BN context.
kept on requesting (for changes)… only because of the circumstances
at that time, we couldn’t be accepted… so we left but we
continued to struggle with the hope to rejoin BN later,”
then took the opportunity to thank Prime Minister Datuk
Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for his understanding and acceptance
of PBS’ re-entry into the BN fold.
another milestone for PBS. We feel as BN members, we better
understand our position and will continue to extend our
support for the development of the state and nation,” he
further commended the state government under outgoing Chief
Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat who had the fortitude to address
the illegal immigrant problem through Ops Nyah II.
also urged members to fine-tune the party’s election machinery
in preparation for the state election that could occur at
any time. “In spite of our busy lives, we must be ready
when election comes to ensure a BN victory here,” he said.
a lighter note, the guests were entertained to Kadazandusun
and Malay renditions by Pairin himself, deputy president,
Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili and secretary general, Datuk Radin