Dr \u00a0Joachim narrowly beats Joniston for PBS deputy president post

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,Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joachim Gunsalam is elected as the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) deputy president for the non-Muslim Bumiputera quota. – Dr Joachim Gunsalam Facebook pic, July 1, 2022.

SABAH Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joachim Gunsalam has been elected as the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) deputy president for the non-Muslim Bumiputera quota, beating his opponent Joniston Bangkuai by just five votes.

Dr Joachim, the Kundasang state assemblyman, obtained 339 votes while Joniston, the state Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment and Kiulu assemblyman, garnered 334 votes. There were 65 spoilt votes.

A PBS spokesman said voting in the party elections ended at 7.30pm yesterday but counting of votes for the non-Muslim Bumiputera deputy president post ended at about midnight, with a recount conducted at 1.30am.

Former deputy chief minister Dr Yee Moh Chai was elected as the deputy president for the non-Bumiputera quota when he obtained 481 votes to beat former assistant minister Edward Yong Oui Fah who polled 222 votes. There were 34 spoilt votes.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Dr Maximus Ongkili was returned unopposed as president, and state Rural Development Minister Jahid Jahim, who is Tamparuli assemblyman, won unopposed as deputy president for the Muslim Bumiputera quota.

Other victorious candidates were Lumadan assemblyman Ruslan Muharam, who was elected as vice-president for the Muslim Bumiputera quota, Tandek assemblyman Hendus Anding as vice-president for the non-Muslim Bumiputera quota and the PBS candidate in Paginatan in the last state election, Arthur Sen Siong Choo, as vice-president for the non-Bumiputera quota.

For appointed posts, Matuggong assemblyman Julita Majungki is the new secretary-general, Joniston is information chief, and Lu Kim Yen, treasurer-general.

Last Tuesday, Ongkili said this party election was a platform for identifying his potential successor as he plans to step down in three years’ time or earlier.

PBS leadership line-up for the 2022-2025 term:

 1. President: Dr Maximus Ongkili

2. Deputy president (Muslim Bumiputera): Jahid Jahim

3. Deputy president (Non-Muslim Bumiputera): Dr Joachim Gunsalam

4. Deputy president (non-Bumiputera): Edward Yong Oui Fah

5. Vice-president:

Ruslan Muharam (Muslim Bumiputera), Mursid Mohd Rais (Muslim Bumiputera), Hendus Anding (non-Muslim Bumiputera), Johnny Mositun (non-Muslim Bumiputera), Arthur Sen Siong Choo (non-Bumiputera)

6. Supreme council members:

Peter Jino Allion, Dr Samuil Mopun, Fredolin Totin Bangon, Stanis Buandi, Suman Yasambun, Datuk William Majimbon, Masum Takin

7. Secretary-generlal: Julita Majungki

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