KUALA PENYU – Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah said it will officially be the fourth component of Gabungan Sabah (United Sabah Alliance) very soon.
Its President Datuk Lajim Ukin confirmed his party will team up with the currently three-party coalition, and not merely be a partner in a loose electoral pact.
Gabungan Sabah now consists of Parti Cinta Sabah, STAR and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), a statement issued by an aide of Lajim said.
“We have decided Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah will join Gabungan Sabah to face the ruling Barisan Nasional at the coming general election in order to increase the chance to defeat the BN,” Lajim said.
Lajim who is also Klias Assemblyman, was speaking at the launching of his election machinery for the Kerukan polling district at Kg Ketagop Kekapor near here.
At the function Lajim also received nine new branches of his party in the polling district. Several Umno members were also received in, led by Mohd Shah Julin.
A popular former local Independent candidate, Rapaih Idris who got a higher votes than the Keadilan candidate for Lumadan seat in the last general election in 2013 also announced joining Lajim’s party at the function.
Lajim who ditched PKR to form his own party in September last year, also said he is confident the four parties could work out the seats arrangement among them.
“We can even work with Pakatan Harapan provided they will pave for Sabah parties to lead the field in Sabah,” he said, adding that local parties should best be let to dominate the state and not Malaya-based parties.