Gunsalam: I am only acting PBS president until the next party elections

Datuk Seri Joachim Gunsalam, a member of the Kiulu Assembly in Kota Kinabalu, has said that Datuk Bangkuai is not eligible to be appointed acting deputy president for Parti Bersatu Sabah as it technically does not exist.

It was announced earlier that Bangkuai would assume the role of information chief while Gunsalam, deputy president, would step up to act as party president.

The party’s president, Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili, will be on leave starting Saturday (June 1st) for health reasons.

Gunsalam clarified Wednesday (June 5), that he is still the official deputy president of the party and that there is no vacancy to fill that position.

He said that any changes to the party’s line-up can only be made at the next election.

“I am still the vice president.” “I am acting president only until the next election,” he stated.

Ongkili, the state’s Deputy Chief Minister II, and Gunsalam the minister of Local Government and Housing, officially handed over their duties as president on Saturday.

Ongkili said that he will focus on his recovery and health. He also believed Gunsalam could help the party renew itself.

In April, when announcing that Ongkili would go on leave in June, Datuk Julita Majungki announced that Gunsalam will be the acting president and Bangkuai will be given additional responsibilities as acting deputy president.

Majungki stated that the move was made to ensure continuity and to allow members to adjust to the new leadership structures.

PBS is a member of the ruling Gabungan Rakyat Sabah coalition.

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