Shows PBS' Role Being Acknowledged - Pairin
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) said Thursday the appointment of its
Deputy President Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili to the post of Science
and Technology Adviser to the Chief Minister was a sign that
the party's presence in the Barisan Nasional (BN) is being acknowledged.
Thursday, 3 April 2003 (Source:
Thanking the Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman for appointing
Dr Ongkili to the post, Pairin said he was confident that
Dr Ongkili would do well in discharging his duties and responsibilities.
"He is the most suitable for the job given his background.
He is known to be a very hard working person and I congratulate
him," he said when closing the party's work camp here as part
of the party's preparation to face the coming state election.
The two-day work camp on political leadership and management,
the third in a series, was attended by branch and divisional
leaders from seven divisions in the northern part of Sabah.
Musa announced Dr Ongkili's appointment after chairing the
inaugural meeting of the newly sworn in state cabinet Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pairin said that the party's machinery had been
reactivated given that the year 2003 was expected to be an
election year for Sabah.
"The party is already in a good state of preparedness to ensure
a landslide victory for the BN," he said.
He said that PBS grassroots had remained solid to date and
this augured well for the party to deliver the seats it was
given to contest.
The state election is due by April next year.
By then the number of state seats would likely to have been
increased from the current 48 seats to 60 following a nationwide
redelineation of election boundaries.