KOTA KINABALU: Kadaimaian assemblyman Jeremy Majalad, who quit PKR last year, has applied to join Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah led by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
PBRS secretary-general Datuk Johnson Tee said Majalad had put in the application but the party’s supreme council had yet to make a decision over his membership.
Amid growing pressure by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), led by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, on PBRS not to take in Majalad, Tee said a function in Kota Belud this Saturday was to accept former PKR members into the party but Majalad was not among those on the list.
“At this point, PBRS has not made any decision on his application. All I can confirm is that he has applied to join us and those joining us (in Kota Belud) are former PKR members,” Tee said.
Majalad and Matunggong assemblyman Jelani Hamdan quit PKR last November and were widely expected to join PBRS.
However, Jelani abandoned plans to join PBRS after purportedly making demands for certain positions that were rejected.
Jelani, who has taken the stand of being Barisan-friendly, remains without a party though talk has it that he is trying to rejoin Umno.
PBS assistant secretary-general Datuk Herbert Lagadan, who claimed that Majalad was set to become a PBRS member, said PBRS should get the consensus of Barisan parties before it accepted the PKR defector.
Lagadan, who lost the Kadaimaian seat to Majalad in the May general election, said Kurup should get the blessings of Sabah Barisan and not act on his own by accepting winning candidates who worked against Barisan in the last election.
PBS lost both the Kadamaian and Matunggong seats to the PKR candidates and has urged all component parties not to accept the assemblymen after they quit PKR.
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