KOTA KINABALU: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) State liaison chief Pajudin Nordin has announced that he has quit from the party and has resigned from all his posts in the party effective yesterday.
Pajudin said that he was disappointed and had lost faith with the leadership of party president Datin Dr Wan Azizah and party de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whom he said were making a fool out of the leaders in the State.
“I regret that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said that he respects the rights of the people of Sabah all this while but his actions does not match his words,” Pajudin said to reporters at a press conference while announcing his resignation from the party at the Chief Minister’s official residence here yesterday.
He said that since he was elected as State liaison chief less than a month ago, he did not receive the support from the central leadership and they were not serious in attending to the problems of the people in Sabah.
“Therefore, I urge fellow leaders in PKR to think clearly about the direction and the objective of their struggle because there are many who have fought for 12 years in PKR… when there is a crisis or issue related to Sabah, they (Anwar and Wan Azizah) are not serious in overcoming the problem or are more concerned about his personal agenda to take over Putrajaya,” he said. When asked whether his resignation was a reaction against the protest from 18 PKR division chiefs in January who wanted him to step down, Pajudin said that he did not consider their protest to be proper according to the party’s constitution and therefore “no”. “So, I would like to stress that I did not quit because of the protest of the division chiefs because the protest was not proper and was a dirty tactic used by certain parties against my performance as State liaison chief,” he said.
Pajudin, who said that he had tendered his resignation yesterday evening, added that he will be applying to be a member of Umno of BN and believes that several PKR division chiefs and committee members will be joining him soon after the announcement.
Pajudin, 42, was among the first batch that joined the party when PKR entered Sabah in 1999 and also hold the post as vice chief of the Tuaran division. He was also an exco member of State PKR youth division prior to his election as the State liaison chief. He did not join any other political parties prior to PKR.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Haji Aman said that he welcomed Pajudin’s application into Umno and said that he was not surprised by Pajudin’s decision to join Barisan Nasional (BN). “I have long expected that he will join BN but I waited for the time to come when he feels that he is ready. We didn’t force him to join Umno or BN but he came to us on his own will,” he said after Pajudin’s announcement.
Musa said that Pajudin’s decision showed that the leadership in PKR was in disarray and said that the party is no longer relevant in fighting for the rights of the people in State. “At this time, we see that one by one leaders of PKR are leaving their party. So this shows that PKR is no longer relevant in our State. I believe what has been mentioned by Pajudin who is now aware that this party will not bring any benefit towards the people in the country, especially Sabah,” he said. Musa congratulated Pajudin on his application and said that it will be processed as usual.
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