PBS Youth Chief Jake Nointin Set To Quit Party For The Opposition

FLASHBACK: This photo was taken in 2016 at a fund-raising event in Keningau. Jake Nointin, right, is seen with Jeffrey Kitingan, the STAR chief, and Darell Leiking, Warisan Sabah’s deputy president.

KENINGAU: Jake Nointin, the Parti Bersatu Sabah Youth chief is expected to announce his resignation from the party at a Press conference here Friday afternoon.

He could also disclose which party he will join next.

An aide close to the PBS supreme councillor and Liawan division head said Jake is expected to join an opposition party.

Speculation is rife that Jake would join either Parti Warisan Sabah or Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR).

The invitation that has been circulated widely over social media on Thursday.

He had earlier posted an invitation informing the media that he would be holding a Press conference at his residence at 2.30pm Friday.

One time a rising star in PBS, Jake is said to have recently fallen out of favour with Dr Maximus Ongkili, the party’s acting President.

“They were once staunch friends and party comrades, but something happened and Jake has decided to go his separate way,” pointed out his aide.

His departure from the party is expected to see an exodus of grassroots supporters especially in the Interior.

PBS has been slowly losing its support, in particular to Parti Warisan, headed by Shafie Apdal.

Among the bigger names so far to have left PBS for Warisan include Justin Alip (Tambunan) and Shirley Chien (Sandakan) while other grassroots leaders and members from throughout the State have also quit the party after its founder Joseph Pairin Kitingan called it a day.

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