Jannie Lasimbang's move comes in the wake of speculation that she will be fielded in the Penampang parliamentary seat against incumbent Darell Leiking of Warisan.
KOTA KINABALU: Former Bersih Sabah 2.0 chairperson, Jannie Lasimbang, has joined DAP in Sabah on the sidelines of a weekend Christmas open house in Kepayan. Kepayan is a state seat held by DAP Sabah deputy chairman Edwin Bosi.
According to roketkini, DAP’s Malay website, Lasimbang handed over her membership form to Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong, who is also Sandakan MP.
Also present was DAP veteran and Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, Sabah DAP committee members and members of the public.
Lasimbang’s move comes in the wake of speculation that she will be fielded in the Penampang parliamentary seat in the next general election (GE14).
The constituency is presently held by Darell Leiking, formerly with PKR, and now with Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) as its deputy president.
In a brief speech, Lasimbang said that her decision to join DAP was based on the party’s commitment to the struggle of women in the country. She referred to the party amending its constitution to ensure that women hold 30% of leadership positions in the party at all levels.
“DAP is a party that has credibility,” she said. “It can be trusted.”
She believes the party has been consistent all along in being the voice of the people.
Lasimbang, a former Suhakam commissioner, said that women should be given their rightful place in decision-making positions.
“This is the only way there can be justice in society. The efforts to give women a place of dignity in society matters,” she said.
Lasimbang, who was born in Penampang, was at one time with RTM Sabah as a broadcast journalist, followed by a two-year stint with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) in Sabah.
She graduated in 1984 with a honours degree in bio-chemistry from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.
In 1987, she became a founding member of Partners of Community Organisations in Sabah (Pacos Trust), an NGO dedicated to the rights of the indigenous people.
At the international level, Lasimbang serves as the secretary-general of the Indigenous People’s Alliance in Asia and chairperson of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Communities.
During her stint with Suhakam, she was barred from entering Sarawak, when the state was led by former chief minister Taib Mahmud. She was eventually allowed to enter the state, on a case by case basis.