Pairin on Max' announcement
PBS President Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan believes his successor will adopt a responsible attitude as a sign of readiness to take over the party's helm. "There's such a thing as looking to the future É in this case it's a matter of undergoing a process of training over the years. In the final analysis we have to abide by the constitution and go through the process (of party election). "We do think about it (his successor)," he said when asked if there is any transition plan for the PBS top leadership. Asked to comment on the statement by Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, who is one of the three PBS deputy presidents, that next year's party election would be his last as a deputy president, he said: "I don't think we should take that very seriously. If a person is ready to take over he'll adopt a responsible attitude, therefore we will take it from there, when he takes over the party then you can ask him". Pairin said he had been fortunate that since PBS' inception he has been re-nominated and re-elected unopposed to head the party, which on the other hand might be perceived by people as undemocratic as though PBS was not holding elections for the post. But, at the end of the day, the voice of the delegates mattered most, he said. On whether he would be defending his post in the party's (triennial) election next year he said: "I'll consider it when it comes".