Sabah PKR chief Datuk Christina Liew (seated, centre) addresses the media on the upcoming Sabah PKR Convention, during a press conference in Penampang. -NSTP/Malai Rosmah Tuah.

PENAMPANG: Sabah PKR has no problem accepting members from the opposition parties, as long as they are willing to forgo their old principles and committed to the reformation struggle.

In the case of former Umno stalwart, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak's application to join PKR, state party chief Datuk Christina Liew said the issue was not about accepting or rejecting the application.

"It all really depends on the individual. Are you sincere in continuing the struggle that we have been (fighting for) in this party in last 21 years?

"I have been in the party for 21 years, so I know. If they are committed to the struggle, then they can think about it," she told reporters, today.

She said Sabah PKR welcomed anyone wanting to join the party provided they are "sincere and genuinely coming in to fight for justice, reform, and equality".

When asked whether party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would announce the decision on Salleh's application next Monday, Liew said she has no knowledge on the matter.

"I did attend a political bureau meeting last week and one of the topics discussed was Sabah matters. In the meeting, the headquarters has decided to look into Salleh's application.

"I do believe the headquarters is sincere when dealing issues related to Sabah and will respect Sabah's views as well as decision," she said.

When asked about PKR's stance that they would not accept Umno leaders into the party, Liew said that time has changed and the party would consider accepting individuals who are committed to the party principles.

On whether there was any objection from Sabah PKR on Salleh's application, she said party members have expressed their view, adding that it would remain confidential.

On Oct 28, Anwar is scheduled to attend the 2019 Sabah PKR Convention at the International Technology and Commercial Centre, here.

Also set to attend are party vice president Chang Lih Kang and supervising secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

About 2,000 people are expected to turn up at the convention, with talks focusing on status of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia, case study in Sabah on community perception over the political change and others.

Meamwhile, on the view of Sabah Wanita PKR chief Rahimah Majid on the issue of Sabah Water Department director's appointment, Liew said the matter has being brought up to the party disciplinary bureau.

"I'm going to let the disciplinary burea to look into it. The team will study and discuss on the matter," she said.

On Oct 9, the High Court declared Datuk Armarjit Singh's appointment as JANS director contravened with Section 3 of the state's Water Supply Enactment 2003.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has maintained that Amarjit's appointment was not against the law and should not be dismissed from carrying out the duty.

Last Sunday, Rahimah issued a statement regarding Amarjit's appointment to head the state water department and the defiance of the court decision has compromised the credibility as well as integrity of the state government.