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Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 7:57:11 AM
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan has been returned unopposed for another three-year term to head the party he founded and has led since its inception 28 years ago.
Pairin, who is the 73-year-old Hguan Sou (paramount leader), received all of the nominations from the party’s 57 divisions as the focus of the contest now turns to the the deputy president posts.
With Pairin indicating that it is his last term, incumbent deputy president (non-Muslim bumiputra) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili is facing a challenge from secretary-general Datuk Henrynus Amin in the party elections during its congress scheduled for Oct 23.
Dr Ongkili, who is Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, has been Pairin’s deputy since 1995 and is expecting an intense challenge from Henrynus.
Another deputy president (Chinese), Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai, who was Sabah Deputy Chief Minister who lost the Api Api state seat in the general election, is being challenged by his one-time close ally Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah, a state assistant minister.
Also nominated to make it a three-cornered fight for the Chinese deputy president’s post is former Sungai Sibuga assemblyman Datuk Thien Fui Yun.
For deputy president (Muslim bumiputra), its incumbent Datuk Almudin Kaida might face a challenge from the party’s Wanita chief Datuk Jamilah Sulaiman and party vice-president Rakam Sijim.
At least nine people have been nominated for the five elected vice-president positions and about 60 will contest for the 25 elected supreme council places.
PBS information chief Datuk Johnny Mositun said nominated candidates had till Oct 8 to decide if they wanted to withdraw from the contests.
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