KOTA KINABALU: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah has rebuked Lajim Ukin, a local opposition lawmaker, for telling the peninsula-based opposition coalition to stay out of Sabah for the forthcoming elections.
Raymond Ahuar, the PKR Sabah youth chief, described the call by the Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (PHRS) president as ‘ludicrous, ungrateful and opportunistic’.
“First and foremost, there’s no law restricting peninsula-based parties from taking part in election in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said in a statement Friday.
“Secondly, Lajim has forgotten the fact that he was previously a supreme council member of UMNO who later quit the party to join PKR, both of which are peninsula-based parties.
“He even contested in the last general election under a PKR ticket and won. But, he conveniently-and-selectively asked Pakatan Harapan to stay out of Sabah polls, without mentioning BN.
“May we ask what he is up to actually?” he asked.
In a terse response to Lajim’s remark today, Raymond also pointed out that records showed that it was the Sabah leaders who in the past compromised the position and interests of Sabah, citing such glaring cases like the signing away of Sabah’s oil and gas to Petronas in 1976.
“We in Pakatan Harapan are committed to rectify this if we are given the opportunity to form the new government in the coming general election,” he said.
He thus said PKR will field a candidate in the Klias state seat and the Beaufort parliamentary seat, in the coming general election, to regain the trust of its supporters.
During the 13th general election held on May 5, 2013, Lajim contested under the ticket of PKR and defeated Isnin Aliasnih from BN by a 179-vote majority to win the Klias state seat.
However, on Thursday, he reiterated his call urging the peninsula-based opposition parties to stay out of Sabah polls, citing that there are capable opposition parties in the state.
The Klias assemblyman also pointed out that there were 165 parliamentary seats and more than 500 state seats in peninsular Malaysia for PH to contest.
He thus opined that PH should leave the 60 state seats and 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah to the local parties.
He said this after opening his party’s first delegates assembly held here.