PETALING JAYA – PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pix) is disappointed with Sabah lawmakers who have chosen to leave the party despite winning their seats under its banner.
Commenting on the decision of former Sabah PKR chief Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin who left the opposition party to helm a local party, she said such actions cannot be condoned.
Wan Azizah said PKR is the first national multiracial party which recognised the rights of Sabah and Sarawak.
“PKR remains the only party that brings every race and every group on a multiracial and progressive platform,” she said in a statement today.
She said all of PKR’s 26 divisions in Sabah, including Labuan, will remain strong and functional because it was “individual leaders” who left the party.
Wan Azizah said PKR national elections director Datuk Saifuddin Nasution would meet party leaders in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, this week to ensure continuity in the party’s preparation for the next general election.
“I wish Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin and the others good luck in their next endeavour. I am positive that they will work within a cooperative framework with Pakatan Harapan Sabah to ensure a one-to-one [contest] in all state and parliamentary seats in Sabah in the next general election,” she said.
On Sunday, Lajim, Sabah PKR Information chief Terrence Siambun (Moyog assemblyman) and Sabah DAP secretary Junz Wong (Likas assemblyman) announced that they were quitting the party in front of some 500 supporters in Kota Kinabalu.
Lajim, who has helmed Sabah PKR for three years, said he plans to set up a new multiracial state-based party, and has applied to register the party with the Registrar of Societies on Sept 19.
Terrence, meanwhile, said he would be linking up with Semporna MP and former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal in his new party.
Meanwhile, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said he is confident that DAP Sabah will resolve the party’s internal problems following the resignation of DAP assemblymen in the state.
Lim, who is Penang chief minister, said he is waiting for a report from DAP Sabah on the matter. – The Sun