By: Nur Adika Bujang and Mohd Khairy Abdullah
KENINGAU, April 17 (Bernama) -- Parti Bersatu Sabah's (PBS) President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan´s charisma is still needed to defend the Keningau Parliamentary constituency in the 14th General Election (GE14).
Local political observer Kaipin Rosmin said despite having announced his intention to retire from politics, Pairin, the 'Huguan Siou' or 'paramount leader of the Kadazandusun Murut community, was still preferred by many Keningau folks.
"Pairin is also still needed to lead Barisan Nasional (BN) to victory in the Keningau Parliamentary constituency and state constituencies (of Liawan, Bingkor and Tambunan) under it," he told Bernama.
Pairin, 77, is the incumbent for the Keningau Parliamentary seat, which he held since 1985, and Tambunan state seat, which he held since 1976, making him Sabah´s longest serving elected representative.
He had announced his retirement from politics when his term ends and earlier last year, he handed over the reins of the party to his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.....