Former Chief Minister Datuk Pairin Kitingan Sabah Malaysia

Former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Pairin KitIngan with NT Minister for Asian Relations & Trade Shane Stone. Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan (later appointed Tan Sri) was the seventh Chief Minister of Sabah Malaysia April 1985 - March 1994. He was elected a Member of the Sabah Legislative Assembly for the Tambunan electorate in 1976 under the BERJAYA party ticket, a party which was led by Harris Salleh (Chief Minister 1976-1985) and was appointed as a Minister in the Cabinet of the ruling party. He was forced out of the ruling coalition in 1984 whereupon he founded the Parti Bersatu Sabah (Sabah United Party). He led his party in four successive state elections (1985, 1986, 1990 and 1994). Pairin is also the Huguan Siou or Paramount Leader of the Kadazandusun community (President of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association) (KDCA), the community's principal cultural association. He remains active in Sabah politics.

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