KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR chief Lajim Ukin Saturday declined comment on speculation that he may leave the party and set up one himself.
“I do not want to say anything. I do not wish to comment now,” the veteran politician who has switched parties on many occasions told Bernama.
Speculation is rife that Lajim, the state-assemblyman for Klias and state opposition leader, may leave PKR at the end of this month or early next month to set up a new party.
He had also approached former Umno vice president, Datuk Shafie Apdal in a bid to join forces with the Semporna Member of Parliament, but nothing has come ot of it yet. Shafie hopes to take over an existing Sabah-based party, and head it after a rebranding exercise.
In mid week, another Sabah PKR MP, Darell Leiking announced he had quit the party in favour of Shafie’s vehicle.
Lajim advised the media and others against speculating on the matter.
“I do not wish to comment now. Let’s wait … perhaps a week, a month …maybe next year,” he said.
Asked whether he was leaving PKR, Lajim said: “I will tell you (the media). If I am, I will call the media,” he said.
Lajim joined PKR in 2012 after quitting Umno and the Barisan Nasional.
In the general election in 2013, he contested on a PKR ticket in the Beaufort parliamentary seat and lost to Azizah Mohd Dun of BN-UMNO by 673 votes.
He won the Klias state seat by beating Isnin Aliasnih of BN-UMNO by 179 votes.