Senator forms SRM and aligns with Opposition

  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Aug 2012

KOTA KINABALU: Senator Datuk Maijol Mahap, who left Barisan Nasional's Upko on July 29, has officially launched the self-styled “Sabah Reform Movement” in his northern Kota Marudu division.

Maijol, who quit as Upko vice president, launched the movement at the district level during a special ceramah at Kg Kokobuan in Kota Marudu where Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim spoke.

Maijol announced yesterday that 25 of the 30 Kota Marudu Upko division committee members had left the party to join the movement led by Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, who had also quit Upko on July 29.

“We are not joining any party but we subscribe to the PR cause,” he said, adding that they did not want to join any of the PR parties as it would upset or displace the existing line-ups within the respective parties.

“Our key issue is for reforms to tackle poverty and migrant problems, which Barisan had failed to do,” said Maijol, who is state Saham Amanah Sabah chairman.

The Kota Marudu parliamentary seat is held by Barisan's Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Lajim Ukin, who is Beaufort MP, also launched a similar reform movement which he named Sabah Alliance Movement for Change when he quit all party positions on July 28.

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