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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Lajim's party to team up with Gabungan Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - Datuk Lajim Ukin's Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah is teaming up with other local opposition parties within the United Sabah Alliance.

Lajim said on Sunday that his party will join as a "component" of the currently three-party coalition, and not as part of a loose electoral pact.

This adds a fourth member to the coalition, which is currently made up of Parti Cinta Sabah, the State Reform Party and the  Sabah Progressive Party.

With this, the only local Opposition party currently out of the alliance is Parti Warisan Sabah headed by former Umno vice president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Of late Warisan, led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, is seen to be more keen to work with Malaya-based Pakatan Harapan than Gabungan Sabah.

Lajim, who is also Klias assemblyman, was speaking at the launching of his election machinery for the Kerukan polling district at Kampung Ketagop Kekapor near here yesterday. At the event, he received nine new branches of his party in the polling district. Several Umno members were also accepted into the party led by Mohd Shah Julin.

A popular former local independent candidate, Rapaih Idris, who got more votes than the Keadilan candidate for Lumadan seat in the last general election in 2013, also announced joining Lajim’s party at the event.

Lajim, who ditched PKR to form his own party in September last year, also said that he is confident the four parties could work out the seats arrangement among them.
"We have decided Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah will join Gabungan Sabah to face the ruling Barisan Nasional at the coming general election in order to increase the chance to defeat the ruling coalition," Lajim said at a gathering in Kuala Penyu on Sunday.

The former PKR member also said he is confident that the four parties could work out the arrangement of seats among them.

"We can even work with Pakatan Harapan, provided they will pave the way for Sabah-based parties to lead the field in Sabah," he said, adding that local parties should best be let to dominate the state and not peninsula-based parties.

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