KOTA KINABALU: Parti Pakatan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah’s leadership crisis continues to deepen with its top leader Pajudin Nordin announcing his decision yesterday to quit the party and join Umno.
Pajudin, who was rejected by 18 division chiefs after his appointment as the state chief, apparently has had enough of the squabbling in the opposition party.
He said he had submitted his resignation letter through fax, sms and email yesterday afternoon.
He however denied his departure from PKR has anything to do with the call from the division leaders to have him replaced.
Speaking at a press conference jointly held with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, who is also Sabah BN and Umno chief, Pajudin said he had quit PKR as he was disappointed with its central leadership’s insincerity in dealing with issues affecting Sabah.
“I am disappointed with the leadership of (PKR advisor) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah who have been fooling around with the state leaders.
“The loyalty, belief, and struggle of leaders in PKR like me should not be doubted but because of what they have done to Sabah, I believe PKR Sabah is no longer relevant as a future platform for us in Putrajaya.
“I regret that Datuk Seri Anwar has all this while claimed he respects the rights of the people in Sabah but his action clearly shows that he is only ‘cakap tidak serupa bikin’ (does not practise what he preaches). “After losing my confidence in PKR leadership, I hereby officially declare that I am out of PKR and relinquish all my positions in the party,” he said at the Chief Minister’s official residence, Sri Gaya.
According to Pajudin, who was appointed to replace former state chief Ahmad Thamrin just over a month ago, he has received no cooperation nor support from Anwar and Wan Azizah since assuming the position.
This, he said, was a clear indication for him that the PKR central leadership is not sincere towards the party’s leaders in Sabah. “It is an insult from the party to me and the people of Sabah,” he said.
Pajudin said he decided to join Umno as he believes in the capability of BN in fighting for the rights and interests of the people in Sabah. He added it has been proven that under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Musa, BN Sabah is able to bring development to the state and address the issues and problems faced by its people.
Claiming his resignation would be followed by many more state leaders, Pajudin also sent this message to Anwar and Wan Azizah: “Stop the effort to spread PKR wing to Sabah because the people in the state has lost their trust towards the party’s leadership.”
According to him, many other division leaders and committee members now see PKR as a conflict-stricken party that has no direction nor commitment towards championing Sabah’s issues. These leaders, he claimed, were already in the process of leaving the party and it is just a matter of time before they too submit their resignations.
He also urged those who are still loyal to PKR to start questioning the real objectives of the party’s leadership and whether they would be able to fight for the people of Sabah under the party.“I call on my friends in PKR to think objectively what is the true purpose of PKR. Many of the leaders who have been in the party for almost 12 years have not been able to really fight for Sabah’s rights because the central leader do not take issues in Sabah seriously. His priority is his personal agenda, to gain power in Putrajaya,” he said.
Musa, in welcoming Pajudin’s move, said the latter’s application to join Umno has been received by the party and will be discussed by BN leaders for a decision. He said Pajudin’s move did not come as a surprise, given the long-drawn crisis in PKR.
“We have seen PKR leaders quitting one by one. This shows that the party is no longer relevant in Sabah or in Malaysia. I believe what Pajudin had said before about how they had lost confidence. “They have come to realize that the party will not bring any benefit to the people, including in Sabah,” he said.
Apart from being the state PKR chief, Pajudin was also deputy division chief for Tuaran, a former exco in the party’s central youth movement and Sabah PKR Youth deputy chief.
He joined PKR since the early days in the party’s establishment in 1999 and was among those who helped to spread its influence in Sabah.
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