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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Shake up in Sabah BN political party

KOTA KINABALU - A Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) division chief has quit and more are expected to do so following the birth of several new Opposition parties that has shaken the political landscape in this north Borneo state.

PBS secretary-general Datuk Johnny Mositun confirmed the resignation of Rakam Sijim as Sulaman division chief early this month amid talks that at least six more would follow suit, The Borneo Post reported today.

“Rakam’s letter was dated December 5, 2016 and was sent to the party headquarters yesterday. In it he also expressed his gratitude to PBS and its leaders for their support and guidance all this while,” Mositun was quoted saying.

He added that the party has yet to receive the resignation letters of other division leaders rumoured will be quitting.

Mositun played down Rakam’s departure, saying PBS had expected it after he was seen at functions organised by the Opposition parties, which he declined to name.

He also asserted that Sulaman PBS was not affected by Rakam’s resignation, adding that the party headquarters would care for the division for the time being.

Sabah’s political scene has undergone a shake-up recently with the addition of new Opposition parties.

Former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal is leading Parti Warisan Sabah while former Sabah PKR chief Datuk Lajim Ukin is helming Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah.

Both have been undergoing recruitment drives with the former recently registering some 3,000 new members from the Sepanggar branch of Umno.

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