KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah has moved swiftly to replace its Youth chief, Jake Nointin, who left the party last week.
It named Jake’s deputy, Christopher Mandut, as acting chief.
PBS secretary-general Johnny Mositun said the party will also be considering taking action against party members in Liawan, who attended the event where Nointin announced his intention to quit the party last Friday.
“When we were told of the event, we already suspected Nointin’s intentions. So, we advised our members there not to go.
“Unfortunately, many did not heed the instruction and went anyway,” he said during a press conference after chairing a meeting with the party’s youth exco members at its headquarters today.
Mositun also said he would now head a restructuring process of the entire Liawan PBS division and was confident it would be strong again once the process was complete.
Currently, he said, more than half of the 48 branches in Liawan were still intact while the rest may require a major overhaul, specifically the branches whose chairmen joined Nointin in leaving the party.
“Nointin said he is unhappy with the direction PBS is taking.
“I am surprised because his words really do not reflect the real situation. PBS is still relevant today because it has remained true to its original struggle.
“I think this is more of a personal decision.
“Some people want to become candidates in elections, become YBs (Yang Berhormat or elected representatives).
“When someone else is chosen, they sulk and eventually decide to leave.”
At the press conference, Nointin said the party had lost its direction under acting president Dr Maximus Ongkili.
He claimed the leadership seemed no longer focused on its core principles and original aims.
Nointin also said he had no immediate plans to join any party although it had been widely speculated that he would join Shafie Apdal’s Parti Warisan Sabah in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Mositun laughed off news that 1,000 PBS members in Membakut had joined Warisan.
“Actually, only one person joined and he is not even the Membakut division chief because he lost in the election, obtaining only six votes.
“So if it is true he was joined by other PBS members, they must have come from these six branches,” he said.
He also said he was unsure how word got around that Membakut PBS had closed shop but believed it was just a ploy by the opposition to disrupt the party.
“The opposition will spin anything. So, we don’t really want to talk about them too much,” he said.