Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Clarity of thought and method essential elements of leadership

KUNDASANG: Youths must possess basic knowledge and skills before they move on to positions of leadership in a political party. Once they become leaders they will need to acquire clear thinking and learn how to carry out their tasks in a systematic or methodical way.

“Knowledge and education alone will not suffice. They would amount to nothing if one cannot think clearly and does not have a well though-out strategy or method to implement programs and carry out one’s duties as a party leader. The followers will become confused and uncertain,” said Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Secretary General, Datuk Johnny Mositun.

Mositun when met this after closing  a two-day Leadership Seminar for PBS Youths (North Zone) held at the BTN training Centre here said a series of leadership programs including seminars was being carried out in stages throughout Sabah to equip the party’s youth members with the skills and knowledge they would need to carry on the party’s struggle when the older leaders retired.

The seminar was opened by Acting PBS President Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili.


He also thanked the National Civics Bureau (BTN) , Assistant Director for Sabah, Rasmalyzan Abdul Razad, for extending assistance and cooperation to PBS in conducting its leadership seminar. 

Mositun said the seminar included topics on current issues and the role of youth in addressing these issues as GE14 was fast approaching and they would have a heavy responsibility and role to play in the coming election.

“Make no mistake. Young voters will have a big say in how things go in GE14. You as PBS Youth leaders and members will have a very important role to play in reaching out to this young generation of voters to explain the party’s and Barisan Nasional’s causes and agenda for the state and nation. Use the knowledge you have gained from this seminar to play your respective roles effectively so that PBS, and BN in general, will have a successful outing in GE14,” Mositun said.

Mositun said Malaysia had become a very open society today because the BN under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak supported and promoted the development of Internet usage and social media to keep up with global trends and progress.

“But with this comes the difficulty of preventing abuses through the use of social media and filtering out things like fake news and deliberate lies and slander against political leaders, not just those from BN but also the opposition. When we talk of controlling or strengthening measures against such abuses, the BN is automatically accused of trying to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression of the rakyat. It’s a very sensitive and contentious matter, really,” Mositun said.

Mositun said under the circumstances, PBS Youth leaders should be more discerning and questioning about current issues, and explain to the grassroots the necessity to think rationally when they go to the polls in GE14.

“That is important. Explain the current issues clearly to the grassroots party members, fence sitters and even detractors. Convince them, and yourselves too, of the need to evaluate and understand the issues at stake, and to cast their votes based on valid facts and not on emotion,” he said.

Mositun said the BN today was facing an unprecedented level of criticism and attacks from an emboldened opposition.

“It is disturbing to see the vicious attacks on the BN Chairman and Prime Minister. To us in Sabah, the Prime Minister has shown greater concern and willingness to redress our grievances about things like state autonomy, Borneonisation and increased development allocations among other things."

"No other PM has been this considerate or mindful of our complaints. We didn’t want a coal-fired power plant, the PM stepped in and had it cancelled and directed that a gas-fired plant be built. We demanded locals to fill teaching posts, that demand has been met. We demanded better security, Esscom was created. We demanded a Sabahan on the Petronas Board, that has been done."

"Sabah has gained much from Datuk Seri Najib’s administration, and more will come our way if BN continues to govern the country. Which other PM has given so much consideration to Sabah’s calls and complaints?” Mositun told the seminar participants.

Source : Thestar