Former Sabah deputy chief minister Datuk Raymond Tan has officially joined Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan). (NSTP/KHAIRULL AZRY BIDIN)

SANDAKAN: Former Sabah deputy chief minister Datuk Raymond Tan has officially joined Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan).

Tan, who was also former Gerakan vice president, submitted his membership form to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal an event, here, today.

Tan said he joined Warisan because he believed the party to be a better platform for him to contribute to state's development.

He claimed that he had rejected an offer to stand for the Sandakan by-election under Gerakan banner as it was time for him to move on.

"For me, before joining other political party, one should make sure that one no longer has links with the old party.

"Also, I encourage other Gerakan members to leave the party," he said, adding that at least 35 Gerakan members would follow his footsteps.

Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie, who is also Warisan president, said he was willing to put aside his pride to welcome an experienced leader like Tan.

"DAP, (which is Warisan's ally), has to fight for increased majority in the Sandakan by-election to ensure political stability." he said.

He added that there was no guarantee that Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) would support to amendment to the Federal Constitution to restore the rights of Sabahans if the party won the by-election.

"But if people vote for Vivian Wong (DAP's candidate), I am confident she will not be hesitate to give her support and vote for it." he said.