Tussle over Sabah PKR chief post

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007

KOTA KINABALU: All is not well with the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in Sabah with a tussle over who is going to be the state chief. 

Sabah PKR secretary Kanul Gindol said 20 of the 23 division heads want incumbent Awang Tengah Awang Amin retained as state party chief. 

However, Kanul said that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had informed them that lawyer and Tuaran division head Ansari Abdullah may replace Awang Tengah. 

“I have made it clear that I want Awang Tengah or the party’s vice-president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan to head Sabah PKR,” Kanul said yesterday. 

He said that several Sabah division leaders had made their stand known when party secretary-general Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim came to listen to their views at Dr Kitingan’s house on Friday. 

Claiming that Sabah PKR would “disintegrate” if there was a change in the leadership, Kanul said that Sabah was the only state where no one had been officially named to lead although Anwar had promised to do so within two weeks after party elections in May. 

When asked about Kanul’s statement, Dr Kitingan said it was Kanul’s personal opinion. 

“I feel that the views of the majority should be maintained. But the leadership may see things in a different angle and may feel that certain moves would strengthen the party here.”  

He said he would meet Anwar in the next couple of days to discuss the matter. 

Sabah PKR deputy chairman Christina Liew insisted that there was no crisis in the party and described the bickering as normal in any party. 

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