Remember Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, my good friend, that old gadfly of Sabah politics? Well, after spending several years on the margins of mainstream politics, the maverick at long last might be on his way back to the Parti Bersatu Sabah. The return of the prodigal son, as it were, has the blessings of the PBS supremo, Pairin Kitingan.

Even though a couple of second rung leaders are rather apprehensive of their own place in the party should Dr Jeffrey be allowed to stage a comeback, Dr Maximus Ongkili is still opposed to his return, known to keep his own counsel in these matters, however, cannot be too pleased at the prospect of one of his more trenchant critics a more capable leader than him being allowed admittance in the PBS.

On his part, Dr Jeffrey has been wooing the PBS leadership for sometime now, clearly with an eye on making himself relevant yet again in the state polity. Having come a cropper as the head of his own one-man United Borneo Front (UBF), this highly positive, former Harvard scholar has taken up causes dear to the pro- Sabah outfit, now pro-Borneo outfit or the Borneo Agenda. Along with some strong supporters from PBS days, Jeffrey alone, among all well-known pro-Sabah protagonists, defended the 20 Points, when the then Mahathir government had locked up the latter in Kamunting Detention Center under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) for 3 years in connection with the taking “out”  Sabah from the Malaysian Federation.

Now read this report Daily Express dated 13 June, 2011

Pairin stepping aside?

Kuala Lumpur: For the past two weeks there has been speculations that Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) may see some changes in its leadership as its top leader is said to be preparing a transition plan.

The talk became intense after PBS Deputy President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili was reported to be shifting his political base to his Tambunan hometown where his family is said to be building a big house on ancestral land, just a stone throw from the house of his uncle and PBS President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Pairin is currently Tambunan assemblyman and also Member of Parliament for Keningau. Pairin 71, is said to be contemplating winding down his public role as he has been an assemblyman for Tambunan for the past 35 years, uninterrupted since 1976 when he was still with Berjaya.

He also is the “huguan siou” or paramont leader of the Kadazandusun, a Deputy Chief Minister-cum-State Minister of Rural Development, president of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) and sits in many committees, including the Asean Eminent Persons Committee.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    i`m also agree what some of you think about jk, for me what is the issue is we sabahan people need leadership like jk does. If not we will lost our little autonomy like 20 points.
    For time being i did not see any capable sabahan leader to carry out our true right as part of federation of malaysia.

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  2. amir says:

    Kita patut tunggu dan lihat.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    all the while we dont see any calibered leaders among the dusun to take over from Tan sri pairin to lead pbs. i opined the present deputy is not able to lead the party as he is less quality in leadership.So its a great development if Datuk jeffery make a wise decision to returned to PBS, we really expect that happened because we love his struggle to fight for the sake of people ang the state. Datuk jeffery history of jump several times to another party to another party is not arise. so hopefully the return of datuk jeffery to pbs will come true.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    all the while we dont see any calibered leaders among the dusun to take over from Tan sri pairin to lead pbs. i opined the present deputy is not able to lead the party as he is less qualty in leadership.So its a great devvelopment if Datuk jeffery make a wise decision to returned to PBS, we really expect that happened because we love his struggle to fight for the sake of people ang the state. Datuk jeffery history of jump several times to another party to another party is not arise. so hopefully the return of datuk jeffery to pbs will come true.

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  5. rutan says:

    kita tnggu ja samada dia akan kembali atau tidak.

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  6. amir says:

    Betulkah Jeffrey Kitingan akan balik semula ke PBS?

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  7. R.S.Galid, USA says:

    Dr. J. Kitingan (JK)? Harvard graduate and a career politician. I have been a keen observer of JK for a long time. I have also read some of his “papers” regarding sabah and the “native delima” . I am in my mid 50s and not so naive politically. One thing is certain: To survive politically, one must be flixable and move with the times. I think JK has ample credibility like the rest of the other personalities that had been detained by the Malaysian government under the dreaded ISA law. Should JK embark on another political foray to lead Sabahans in fighting for their political relevance in Sabah viz Malaysia, the only matter in hand is, how sincere, how honest is JK to the cause ? I suppose time will tell. They will be many distractions and temptations of monetary offers and positions from UMNO. Can he do this within BN ? One thing is for certain Sabah needs a true leader if its people, namely the natives, wants to stay relavant .

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  8. Anonymous says:

    But its fully up to JFK. Its not a crime to jump from one party to another.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Jeff seem to be vague in what he is fighting for.

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  10. adam says:

    this is politics after all…

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  11. adam says:

    maybe PBS will be strengthen if JK return to PBS..there must be some people in the party who will accept him or refuse him..its up to the president whether to approve or reject the application if there’s any…

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  12. adam says:

    pairin said it was just a rumor that he will be retired soon..

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  13. mike says:

    its up to JK whether he want to rejoin the PBS or not..

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  14. mike says:

    Cobra Nair says:
    June 14, 2011 at 8:40 am

    JK has jumped parties many times. he is not stable at all. In politics, one must be born in one party & die in the same party.People wont have the trust on this type of man.

    then what is democracy for?

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  15. martycruz says:

    Jeffrey has made a statement before that PBS has many good leaders who support UBF’s agenda and they are definitely moving towards unity with PBS where their agendas have converged… so i will not be surprised if he decide to return to PBS..

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  16. lyn says:

    sukar untuk diramalkan, tapi tidak mustahil..tunggu dan lihat sajalah.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    there’s nothing imposible in politik. friends bcome enemy, enemy bcomes friends. i”m not surprise if Jeffrey wil be coming back again and again and again in PBS

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  18. Cobra Nair says:

    JK has jumped parties many times. he is not stable at all. In politics, one must be born in one party & die in the same party.People wont have the trust on this type of man.

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