Chong firm on replacing community leaders


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2003

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat is sticking to his decision to replace six community leaders from two state Barisan Nasional parties with Parti Bersatu Sabah members. 

“There will be no withdrawal in regard to my decision on the PKRs (People Development Leaders),” he said yesterday after the first state cabinet meeting of the year. 

Chong, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president, said he had been fully briefed by his party deputy Datuk Lau Ngan Siew who represented him at the Barisan supreme council meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. 

It was understood that certain Sabah Barisan leaders had questioned whether the Barisan spirit was being practiced in the state. 

The leaders cited the dismissal of five United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) and a Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah members as PKRs as an example of how the Barisan consultative spirit was being ignored. 

The six were replaced with representatives from PBS which was re-admitted into the Barisan barely a year ago.  

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