Ongkili: PBS Youth Re-Inventing Itself Following Jake Nointin’s Exit

Dr Maximus Ongkili, acting PBS Youth Chief Christopher Mandut, to Ongkili’s left, and the other Youth leaders shouting the ‘Bersatu’ slogan after the special gathering.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah’s Youth Movement is in the process of reinventing its approaches with the departure of its chief last month.

“Our objectives and direction remain. PBS Youth need to reinvent their strategies and approaches in order to achieve the party’s goals and aspirations,” said Dr Maximus Ongkili, acting PBS President, today, adding it was possible through best approaches and smart methodologies.

He said the movement will also need to re-organise its political strategies, recruit new members as well as plan activities as part of its effort to create closer rapport among its members.

“Through such programmes, the movement can reach out to the grassroots, and listen to the needs and grouses,” he said at a special gathering with PBS Youth Movement, here, Saturday.


The Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister said the PBS Youth Wing would also continue to play its roles in strengthening the party’s position in the state, as well as contributing its support to the party’s election machinery.

“With the support from the Youth Movement, we believe the six seats PBS lost in the last general election can be recaptured,” he said in a statement issued by his Press secretary.

Last month, Jake Nointin the former PBS Youth Chief cum PBS Liawan Division head and several hardcore supporters exited the party.

They have yet to announce their political directions.

Nointin’s deputy, Christopher Mandut, was recently tasked as the acting Youth Chief and that the PBS Liawan Division’s administration is currently put under the headquarters supervision.

Indicating Nointin’s departure was due to his disappointment over failure to be a candidate, Ongkili said “PBS is not a ticket for members to be a YB (Yang Berhormat or elected representative)”.

“What’s important is that we need to identify new strategies to win back the lost seats. Everyone needs to go down to the ground, focusing on the lost seats,” he said.

At the event, Ongkili also reminded members that PBS has done a lot, including fighting for the rights of Sabah and Sabahans as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963, but noted that the party never gloat over its successes.

“We know we have played our part, but we don’t have to go around shouting and gloat about what we have done.

“It’s enough to say that the people had benefited from PBS’ struggles and we are happy that we have served the people well,” he concluded.