KOTA KINABALU: Negotiations between Matunggong assemblyman Datuk Jelani Hamdan and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) for him to join the Barisan Nasional component party seem to have hit a snag.
It is learnt that Jelani, who left Sabah PKR, has been placing steep conditions before he could join PBRS, including that he must be made a party deputy president.
PBRS, led by president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, has stayed mum over the purported negotiations, although it was clear that the party has decided to keep its doors open to former PKR Kadamaian assemblyman Jeremy Malajad and former DAP Luyang assemblyman Hiew King Cheu.
Political observers believe that Jelani, from Sabah’s northern Kota Marudu district, is in a political fix after the failed negotiations to join PBRS, one of the few Barisan parties which had opened its doors to the defectors.
Jelani, however, rejected this view.
“I am not in a fix. I know what I am doing and what is going to happen,” he said when contacted yesterday.
However, he did not want to discuss the details of the failed negotiations and only said that he included “certain terms and conditions to join PBRS, but they were not happy with it”.
“I do not want to join a party blindly and follow whatever they are doing,” he added.
Jelani, along with Malajad, were supposed to have announced their entry into PBRS before December.
Jelani insisted that his option to start a new party with other Sabah PKR defectors was still on the cards, as they were waiting for an anticipated second wave of defections by state PKR leaders after senior division leaders left the party last month.
He said he would announce his future political plans next year, adding that the former Sabah PKR leaders who left the party were still with him.
Meanwhile, Sabah PKR chief Datuk Lajim Ukin announced that the nine division chief vacancies created by the departures had been filled.
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