KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR leaders should be included in decision-making pertaining to former Umno stalwart Datuk Salleh Said Keruak’s application to join the party.
Its election director Mohd Amin Abdul Mem, who is also Semporna division chief, said the central party should seek the view from the state and division leaders prior to approving Salleh Said’s application.
“The party leaders should be firm and cautious with the entry of former UMNO leaders, especially those involved in mass exodus in December 2018.
“I am of the opinion that Sabah PKR is on the right track to champion the reform agenda and political transformation for the good of the people,” he said in a statement today.
“Although there are several opposition leaders who have jumped ship to the ruling party (Parti Warisan Sabah), Sabah PKR remains adamant to not accept them to preserve the party leadership integrity and respecting the people’s decision in the 14th general election.”
Amin said PKR needed genuine leaders and fighters, who truly understand the idealism of reformist struggle to defend the people, fight corruption, and fight injustice rather than warriors who only care about their own political interests and survival.
“I am confident that the party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will continue to defend the Reformist struggle agenda, which has been going on for 20 years, and will lead the Malaysian government as the eighth prime minister by next year.
“Indeed, this reformation party must represent the heartbeat of the once marginalised people to maintain the respect of the majority of the people in this country and the state,” he added.
Yesterday, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil revealed in a statement that the party had received an online membership application from the ex-Communications and Multimedia minister.
Fahmi had said that PKR’s political bureau would discuss and weighs Salleh Said’s application during an upcoming meeting.
Meanwhile, Salleh Said in his blog, www.sallehsaid.com, said he would leave it to the PKR leadership to consider his application, adding he chose PKR as it practices multi-racial politics in line with his political views and ideologies as well as the political atmosphere in Sabah.