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“Age is not a factor in the appointment of a political party leader”

Published on: Saturday 01 October 2022

By: Anthea Peter

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Joachim remained unfazed when asked if this would affect efforts to gain support from the younger generation, particularly with the lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18 (Undi18).

Kota Kinabalu: Age is not a factor when it comes to appointing the leadership of a political party, said Bersatu Sabah Party (PBS) Deputy Chairman Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam. He said this when asked about Upko’s recent decision to appoint his vice-president, Kadamaian Assemblyman Datuk Ewon Benedick, 39, to lead the party as as president. “That’s Upko’s style. At PBS, we have our own style. No matter how old or how young you are.

“It’s a question of how you can lead the party in a more positive and better way. Age is not really a factor,” he told a press conference after the launch of the Sabah International Coffee Festival at Suria Sabah Mall here on Friday.The Deputy Chief Minister remained unfazed when asked if this would affect efforts to garner support from the younger generation, especially with the lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18 (Undi18). “What is more important is what the party stands for. I think the principle of the party is more important than the individual who leads the party,” he added. On Wednesday, Upko Chairman Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau announced that he would not defend his party’s position for the next term and would allow Ewon to lead the party. gone instead. He said Upko needed to formulate a new strategy to keep fighting for r the interests of the people in this uncertain political situation.

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“For this, Upko will highlight a new line of direction with a new perspective, and will always stick to the basic principles of the party’s struggle,” Madius said. The decision was made after reaching consensus and assessing a new leader’s readiness to take on the responsibilities of leading the party. Meanwhile, Dr Joachim clarified that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been approved for the controversial silica sand mining project in the northern district of Kudat. The project had received negative feedback from the surrounding villages, namely the residents of Kg Bangau, Andab Bangau, Andab Darat, Kimihang and Longgom Kecil, saying that the long-term mining process would have a permanent impact on the environment. The villagers, who depend on the fishing industry as a main source of income and small tourism operations, have pleaded for the government to stop the work of Chinese company Kibing Solar New Materials (M) Sdn Bhd. “Everything has approval. We would not allow it to proceed if there is no EIA approval. I think it’s a very good decision by Kibing, it’s for the future of Sabah and the local economy,” said Dr Joachim.

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The silica sand processing plant and solar panel manufacturing project to be constructed in Sikuati, Kudat would involve an investment of around RM2 billion and create up to 2,000 jobs, 80% of which are reserved for local workers .
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