Sabah PKR In Turmoil; Three More State Assemblymen To Leave

Two schoolgirls walk past PKR buntings. Is PKR Sabah being reduced to just one assemblyman?
Two schoolgirls walk past PKR buntings. Is PKR Sabah being reduced to just one assemblyman?

BY THOMAS THAM
KOTA KINABALU – The once mighty opposition Sabah PKR, with seven state assemblymen and one member of parliament, could see its numbers dwindle to a mere one, in the coming days.

Informed sources told BorneoToday on Sunday that three more elected representatives – Datuk Seri Lajim Haji Ukim (Klias), Terence Siambun (Moyog) and Christina Liew (Api Api) are expected to announce their resignations this week.

Christina Liew could also severe her ties with PKR later this week.
Christina Liew could also severe her ties with PKR later this week.

This would leave Inanam’s Dr Roland Chia as the sole PKR elected representative in Sabah.

Dr Roland Chia
Dr Roland Chia

It was not immediately clear as to their next political destinations.

However, Moyog representative, Siambun is expected to follow Penampang MP Darell Leiking and join Datuk Shafie Apdal’s new multi-racial based party, with Christina having similar sentiments, said the sources.

But Lajim was said to have been told by Shafie that his party would be fielding young candidates in the 14th General Election – indirectly telling the State PKR leader that he would have no place in the new party.

On Saturday Lajim declined comment on speculation that he may leave PKR 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.

Will Lajim quit Sabah PKR which he heads currently?
Will Lajim quit Sabah PKR which he heads currently?

Lajim also 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

Soon after the 2013 elections, Jeremy Malajad (Kadamaian), Jelani Hamdan (Matunggong) and Datuk Wilfred Bumburing (Tamparuli) left PKR.

Bumburing now heads his own Party Cinta Sabah while Malajad is said to be in Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah. Jelani had hoped to rejoin Umno, but he now remains a BN-friendly representative.