Upko the biggest casualty in Sabah's leadership change

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  • Monday, 06 Jan 2003

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) officials have replaced six community development leaders (PKRs) from other Sabah Barisan Nasional component parties barely a year after the party’s re-admission into the coalition. 

The biggest casualty in the PKR change was Tan Sri Bernard Dompok’s United Pasok Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) which saw five of its members being replaced. 

Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) headed by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup saw its PKR for Malalap Datuk Kadoh Agundong being replaced by PBS Malalap Youth chief Balasius Masuning. 

Among the five other PKRs from Upko who were replaced were Datuk Saibul Supu of Tandek whose job was taken over by Anita Baranting, James Lee of Inanam who took over from Ayen Sambuling. 

The other changes were Wilfredoline Jakil who replaced Petrus Guriting as the PKR for Tambunan, Richard Foo who took over from Lee Kim Hwa as the PKR for Kundasang and Golubi Guntarik who was appointed the PKR for Kiulu, replacing Datuk Gisin Lumbut who died last year. 

In another development, state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Salleh Tun Said said the tenure of most Sabah’s municipal and district councillors would be extended for another year. 

The decision was to enable them to carry out their various development plans, he said during his ministry’s Hari Raya and Christmas gathering on Saturday.  

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