Sabah PPBM to set up 501 branches

Sabah PPBM chief coordinator Hajiji Noor (2nd from right) with his deputy, Masidi Manjun (2nd from left), secretary Ronald Kiandee (right) and treasurer Ariffin Arif (left).

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PPBM has decided to establish 501 branches all over Sabah after receiving an overwhelming response from various groups that have applied to sponsor them.

Speaking to reporters after chairing the Sabah PPBM liaison committee special meeting here today, Sabah PPBM chief coordinator Hajiji Noor said the party would have to apply to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) before these branches could be set up.

“We have to consider the plan based on PPBM’s constitution that states only one branch can be set up in each polling district.

“As a result, we have decided Sabah PPBM will apply to RoS to set up 501 branches under the first phase. The application will be submitted in a week’s time through the party’s headquarters.”

Hajiji, who is also Sulaman assemblyman, said the Sabah PPBM will be focusing on mobilising its machinery statewide and act as a support mechanism to carry out policies and programmes set by both the state and federal governments, especially issues related to Pribumis.

He said Sabah PPBM will be organising a series of tours from September to each of the party’s divisions to interact with the grassroots and communicate messages related to the party’s leadership.

This approach, he said, will enable members to better understand government policies, their roles as well as the party’s philosophy.

“At the same time, we are hoping more people will understand PPBM’s struggle and encourage them to join us,” he said.

Commenting on the apparent “cold” relationship between Sabah PPBM and ruling party Warisan, Hajiji said the party will try to “warm” things up.

It wants to build better rapport with Warisan as both parties are part of the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Hajiji also announced the line-up of the Sabah PPBM liaison committee:

Chief coordinator: Hajiji Noor;

Deputy chief coordinator: Masidi Manjun;

Secretary: Ronald Kiandee (MP for Beluran);

Deputy secretary II (legal): Maijol Mahap, former deputy president of Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah;

Treasurer: Ariffin Arif (assemblyman for Membakut);

Information chief: Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan;

Deputy information chief: Bobbey Suan;

Executive secretary: Armizan Mohd Ali; and,

Assistant executive secretary: Abdul Kassim Razali.

Hajiji said former PHRS president Lajim Ukin, one of a few vying to be the Sabah PPBM chief coordinator, would be given a post if there is a need for it.

As for the eligibility of Sabah PPBM leaders to be involved in the party’s elections, set to be held this year, Hajiji said the party’s top leadership would decide on the matter.

PPBM’s party constitution states that only members who have joined the party for more than a year can take part in party elections.

“A special meeting will be held on July 20 to amend the party’s constitution. But I don’t know what kind of amendment will be made. However, we will follow the rules and abide by the decision made by the party,” he said.