Op­po­si­tion dilemma good for BN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Hara­pan may be in trou­bled wa­ters af­ter three of its Sabah assem­bly­men, and many mem­bers, quit yes­ter­day.

The three big names are Sabah PKR chief Datuk Seri La­jim Ukin (Klias assem­bly­man), Sabah PKR In­for­ma­tion chief Ter­rence Si­ambun (Moyog assem­bly­man) and Sabah DAP sec­re­tary Junz Wong (Likas assem­bly­man).

The trio made the an­nounce­ment at a joint cer­e­mony in Kota Kin­a­balu yes­ter­day, in front of some 500 sup­port­ers.

La­jim, who has helmed Sabah PKR for three years, said he plans to set up a new mul­tira­cial state-based party, and has sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Regis­trar of So­ci­eties on Sept 19.

Ter­rence said he would be join­ing Sem­porna MP and for­mer Umno vi­cepres­i­dent Datuk Seri Shafie Ap­dal in his new party.

Their de­par­tures came less than two weeks af­ter PKR vice-pres­i­dent and Pe­nam­pang law­maker Darell Leik­ing re­signed from the party on Sept 21, also to join Shafie’s party.

Oth­ers who an­nounced their res­ig­na­tions yes­ter­day in­cluded Sabah PKR sec­re­tary Datuk Mai­jol Ma­hap, state PKR Wanita chief Jo­hair Mat­lani, Sabah DAP deputy chair­man Joan Goh, Sabah DAP vice-chair­man Ge­orge Hiew and its state trea­surer David Wil­liam.

Kota Be­lud law­maker Datuk Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan, in a se­ries of tweets later, said the ex­o­dus of Pakatan’s lead­ers in Sabah would strengthen Barisan Na­sional’s hold in the state.

“BN Sabah will be even stronger with this ex­o­dus. We have achieved many suc­cesses and will con­tinue to work hard for the ben­e­fit of Saba­hans.”

Later in a state­ment, PKR vi­cepres­i­dent Tian Chua said the party re­mains sta­ble and strong. He said the party would take steps to strengthen its lead­er­ship and en­sure the re­form agenda con­tin­ues to be the core of its strug­gle.

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