The leadership transition of the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) will be smooth and has been timed to prepare the party for the 14th General Election (GE14).
PBS secretary-general Johnny Mositun said the party members would know more about the matter as it would be explained to them at the party annual congress this November.
He said the party president had indicated this very clearly by delegating the responsibility of running party affairs to deputy president Maximus Ongkili.
“What we are seeing now is the beginning of a leadership transition, and party members must take this positively,” said Mositun, also the state assembly deputy speaker.
He was referring to the statement by party president Joseph Pairin Kitingan that with immediate effect Ongkili would be taking charge of running the party.
Under the arrangement, Pairin remains as president and Ongkili as deputy president.
Ongkili will not be an acting president. He will only take charge of the day-to-day administration and operations of the party.
Mositun said he would not pre-empt his president by going into details of the leadership plan and strategies, but felt that the timing was right as members would have ample time to weigh their options and make the right decision when the next party election, due in 2018, takes place.
“Let us place our trust and confidence in the president to do what he has to do. He has led us well through three decades and experienced all the ups and downs as a politician and leader.
“He knows when it is time to call it a day, and how to ensure a smooth leadership transition so that PBS will continue with its struggle for the people of Sabah as a strong, united party,” Mositun said.