PENAMPANG: Responding to the younger generation’s growing interest in Parti Bersatu Sabah, the State’s oldest political party today launched a new wing to cater to their needs.
Dubbed the Gerakan Belia dan Beliawanis Bersatu, or GBBB in short, the new wing was officially launched by PBS President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili after he officiated the party’s 34th Delegates Conference at the KDCA Hall, here.
“We are ready to be replaced by these young blood … these are our future leaders,” he said, adding that to date, over 1,000 members have registered as members.
Earlier in his speech, he said that the world’s political scenario have changed, and the people are becoming more mature in the way they think at a young age.
“Without realising it, the young are running the show. They are changing not just the economic landscape, but politics too. So much so, the government is putting the country’s future in the hands of 18-year-olds.
“They now are part of the decision making group, deciding who is best to lead them,” he noted.
He said the current government’s decision to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 has its pros and cons, and PBS is opened to the idea, except on the decision of automatic registration, which the party has opposed in Parliament.
“In responding to the younger gebrations’s political interest in PBS, and welcoming the government’s decision, we have taken the initiative to set up the GBBB, by opening our doors to the 18-year-olds.
“Being the oldest local party in Sabah, PBS is indeed an experienced party with proven track record of political contribution and governance. We want to welcome new blood into PBS. PBS is ‘home’ for everybody, because we are a multi-racial political party, and caters the needs of both the young and senior people.
“We want to ensure that the young people have their fair share of opportunity to voice out their opinions, share their views and play a role in nation building,” he said.-SabahNewsToday