KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan will be putting on his latest political cap when he opens the Sabah chapter of the State Reform Party (STAR) on Friday.
The 65-year-old Dr Jeffrey will head Sabah STAR after flirting in and out of at least six political parties in the past two decades.
The maverick politician, who joined STAR ahead of the general election after failing to get his pro-tem United Borneo Front registered, described the move as "historical and ground-breaking milestone for the political landscape of Sabah, Sarawak and Malaysia."
He said it was the right time for the political groups in Sabah and Sarawak to unite and seek to safeguard their rights under Malaysia.
"There is no better time to be assertive and persistent than now when the political situation in the country favours Sabah and Sarawak as the kingmakers.
"Sabah and Sarawak leaders should, therefore, unite and leverage their positions to resolve outstanding issues with the federal government, including restoration of the Borneo states' lost rights and autonomy," he said.
The launching of Sabah STAR will be at the Kadazandusun Cultural Hall in Penampang near here.