Sabah PKR awaits Anwar's decision on state chairmanship amid turmoil

KOTA KINABALU: Everything will be fine for Sabah Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) when its president, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, makes a decision regarding the state PKR chairmanship.

Amid the current political turmoil within PKR, Sabah Pakatan Harapan chairman Datuk Christina Liew assured that such turbulence was common.

Liew, who was among 15 out of 26 PKR division chiefs to sign statutory declarations urging incumbent state party chairman Datuk Sangkar Rasam to step down on March 18, emphasised that the recent developments were part of the party's internal dynamics.

Last week, Kota Belud division chief who is also deputy Higher Education minister, Datuk Mustapha Sakmud, had said his readiness to helm the party if appointed.

Echoing a sentiment of unity, Liew stressed that despite differing opinions, PKR members remained a family, with aspirations for change aimed at progress without tarnishing individuals' reputations.

"It is not something unusual; it will not break PKR Sabah. We have gone through that during my 22 years in the party.

"Once in a while, we have a change of state leadership council. Other parties also would have a similar occurrence. The struggle is not easy. This is a matter that will require a lot of patience.

"According to the party constitution, the appointment of the state chairman lies in the hands of the party president. (PKR president) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be able to solve the problem.

"After this, all party members have to come together and join hands to get ready to face the state election next year," said the state Tourism, Culture, and Environment minister during an Iftar event at a hotel here last night.

Liew said Anwar might come to Sabah on April 20 for Aidilfitri celebrations and to resolve the party's issues.

The Api-Api assemblyman said, as the state legislative assembly would continue until the term ends in October next year, she emphasised continued commitment to serving the people and fostering strategic collaborations when the time was ripe.

Present at the event was Assistant Tourism, Culture, and Environment minister, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.

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