PKR Gets Down To Choosing Credible Candidates

KOTA KINABALU: Once bitten, twice shy so Sabah PKR chairman Datuk Christina Liew is not leaving anything to chance as the party gears up for the coming state election.

She is using a fine tooth comb to sieve through potential candidates after getting stung by the defections of two assemblymen and one MP since the May 2018 general election.

The betrayal that cut the deepest wound was that of her vice chairman cum Inanam assemblyman Kenny Chua who crossed the floor to throw his weight behind an opposition attempt to overthrow the Warisan-led state government earlier this week.

Liew said the party would therefore put a greater effort into picking more trustworthy people to contest the election.

“We will assess them carefully, every name we receive, we will screen through their background thoroughly,” she said.

Among others the party would be taking into consideration their education levels, financial situation and political inclination, she added.

She was speaking to reporters after meeting with Inanam PKR division leaders here today

Liew said they were in the process of gathering names of potential candidates for seats that had been identified, adding
that it was necessary be extra careful to ensure only trustworthy and credible candidates are fielded.

Chua, who had repeatedly denied rumours about him potentially jumping ship, was among 13 government assemblymen who defected on Wednesday in support of Tan Sri Musa Aman’s now botched attempt to wrest power.

Earlier in March, the party’s Ranau MP Jonathan Yasin defected and nominated assemblyman Jafari Walliam also left, only to this week join the assemblymen group backing Musa .

“I admit I was mistaken in recommending Jaffari as a nominated assemblyman for PKR. As for Chua, I am disappointed with him. This is a serious matter and he did not consult with us,” said Liew.

She said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s decision to call for a snap election was the right one as it was best left to the people to decide who they want in government.

In GE14, Sabah PKR fielded candidates in nine state constituencies but won two state seats. It also won three of the six parliamentary seats it contested.