PKR Sabah To Be Rebranded; Proposes Opposition Bloc To Oppose BN

Christina Liew is Api Api Assemblyperson.
Christina Liew is Api Api Assemblyperson.

KOTA KINABALU: The troubled-ridden Sabah PKR will be restructured with the defections of elected representatives and key leaders recently.

Sabah PKR deputy chairman Christina Liew said she would hold talks with the party president and restructure the state leadership council, before announcing the new state leadership line-up.

Stressing that the party has pledged to continue the agenda of bringing change for Sabahans, the Api Api state lawmaker claimed the resignations of its leaders does not affect the management of the party as claimed by certain media.

“According to our records, we still have the support from the majority of loyal divisional leaders,” she said in a statement late Monday.

The media had been hounding Christina for comments on her position in the party as word had it that she had met up with key personalities who would be forming state-based opposition parties soon.

Her statement however did not give any indication as to whether she would be jumping ship as well, despite all that talk.

On Sunday, the state opposition leader, Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin, who is also Klias Assemblyman and his Moyog counterpart, Terrence Siambun announced their resignations from the party.

Also quitting was the local secretary, Datuk Maijol Mahap, along with the chiefs of the Youth and Wanita movements. Lajim claimed at least 70 per cent of ‘cabang’ (division) leaders and many members were also calling it quits.

In her statement, Christina revealed that Sabah PKR will be proposing a bloc made up of the opposition here to face Barisan Nasional in the coming elections.

She did not elaborate. PKR Sabah won one parliament and seven state seats in the 2013 elections, but soon lost three – Kadamaian, Tamparuli and Matunggong – through defections.

Last week, their sole parliamentarian, Penampang’s Darell Leiking resigned to announce his teaming up with Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to form a new multi-racial party.

He will soon be joined by Siambun, who announced on Sunday that he would be heading Leiking’s way.

Apart from Christina, PKR Sabah also holds the Inanam seat held by state treasurer, Dr Roland Chia, a close confidante of Datuk Azmin Ali, the party’s No 2 as well as Selangor Menteri Besar.

Christina said Sabah PKR remains committed with issues close to the people’s heart, such as autonomy, and is confident the party remains relevant in bringing total change in the nation.

“We understand Sabahans’ sentiment, wanting to manage this state with autonomous power, but without cooperation at the national (party) level, we worry about facing the same fate as local parties before (which did not succeed in gaining or maintaining power).

Earlier Monday, party president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail disclosed she would be sending her chief of staff, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, to ensure continuity in the party’s preparation for the next general election.

He has been assigned to meet party leaders in Kota Kinabalu some time this week.