By Newmond Tibin
KOTA KINABALU, Nov 14 (Bernama) -- Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who celebrated his 77th birthday recently, remains a force to be reckoned with in Sabah politics.
Known as a giant killer after single-handedly ousting the then ruling party Berjaya from power in 1985, the charismatic veteran leader is likely to play a 'prominent role" to reverse the sagging fortunes of the party after losing six state seats and one parliamentary seat it contested in the last general election.
As the country gears up for the elections before the middle of next year, Pairin is scheduled to deliver an inspiring and memorable speech at the party's congress this weekend as a curtain raiser to rekindle the fighting spirit of 1985, to achieve a convincing victory at the next polls.
Even before this, Pairin, had upped the ante on the party's desired goal and urged party members to remain steadfast, resolute and united ahead of the crucial elections. This indicates that the PBS founder is ready to go the extra mile to campaign for all PBS or the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates.
In the 2013 general election, PBS won the allocated state seats of Tambunan, Melalap, Kiulu, Kundasang, Labuk, Tanjung Aru, Tandek and the parliamentary seats of Batu Sapi, Tawau, Keningau and Kota Marudu, but it lost to the opposition in the Tamparuli, Matunggong, Kadamaian, Api-Api, Inanam and Sri Tanjung state constituencies as well as Kota Kinabalu parliamentary constituency.....