PBS Divisions Told To Be On Red Alert; General Elections Close Says Ongkili

Ongkili and PBS Supreme Council members have their photo taken, after being warned that general elections is close by. – Photo credit Sandra Sokial

PENAMPANG: All Parti Bersatu Sabah divisions have been put on election alert – they have been ordered to set up election machinery immediately both at the divisional and polling district levels.

The order came from PBS acting president Dr Maximus Ongkili after he chaired a Supreme Council meeting here Friday, warning the division chiefs that general elections could be called any time.

Ongkili said all the PBS divisions are currently conducting their annual general meetings at the branch level, and they are to automatically set up their machinery at the same time.

“Based on feedback from the grassroots, PBS is confident of retaining, as well as winning back all seats allocated to the party,” he said.

“In the last four years, the opposition were unable to help these constituencies in terms of development the way the Barisan Nasional constituencies received.”

The six lost seats were Matunggong, Api-Api, Inanam, Kadamaian, Tamparuli and Sri Tanjung, and Ongkili said these divisions had already started doing their groundwork to ensure constituents do not repeat the same mistake.

“Once bitten, twice shy – this is how constituents feel at the six (lost) seats,” said Ongkili who is also Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.

“They (voters) have learned their lessons and now want to be part of the mainstream of development,” said the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament.

Earlier, PBS President and founder Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan chaired the party’s bureau chiefs meeting.