KOTA KINABALU: The re-organisation of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) - one of the oldest multiracial political party in Malaysia since its inception 36 years ago - is already underway in its bid to win the younger generation, starting with its political base in Tambunan.
PBS president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said the re-organisation has commenced from its three divisions in Keningau, which also include Liawan and Bingkor, besides Tambunan.
In a statement released after the Tambunan PBS annual general meeting on Saturday (April 24), the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) said losing the Tambunan state seat and the Keningau parliamentary seat to Sabah STAR - which is a partner in Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) state government - was a wake-up call for the party.
“It signalled a dire need to re-organise both Tambunan (state) and Keningau (parliament), so we must not be disheartened and must continue to recognise Tambunan as our political base. Tambunan will have a major role in rebuilding PBS.
"The sentiment towards PBS is still strong, especially among the middle-aged and elderly folks, but we would like to welcome a new breed of young leaders into the party.
"Our mission now is to nurture them and hope they would share new ideas and their expertise to rejuvenate PBS.
“We want to convince the younger generation to realise PBS' struggles while observing the party's successes and experiences, ” he said.
PBS is also preparing to stake a claim to the Keningau seat, which traditionally belonged to the party, said Ongkili, without elaborating on how it would affect the GRS pact or seat distribution discussions.