SEMENYIH: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) believes that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's presence in Sabah can only strengthen the leadership and governance of the state.
"We can help strengthen the Parti Warisan Sabah government because that concept (of working together) has been accepted by Warisan when their representatives were chosen to be Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers.
"I am glad and I thank him (Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal) for stating he will not obstruct Bersatu's entry into Sabah," the Bersatu president said at a press conference in Beranang here on Monday (Feb 18).
He also said the party was looking at increasing its membership in the state.
"We will continue to take steps to screen and register a few leaders there who have expressed willingness to join Bersatu, whether they are MPs, assemblymen or division leaders who have left Umno," he said.
On concerns by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Bersatu's entry into Sabah, Muhyiddin said the move should not be seen as cause for discord.
"We will discuss it in the Pakatan presidential council meeting. We will not argue over it, because this is nothing new.
"It is our right to enter the state and should not be seen as a threat – it is to strengthen the Pakatan federal government and the Warisan state government," he said.
He added that the cooperation between Bersatu and Warisan would benefit Sabah.
On Friday (Feb 15), Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the party was venturing into Sabah to strengthen the Warisan-led government.
He said that it was not aimed at wresting control of the state from Warisan, but said they were merely providing an avenue for former Umno members who do not wish to join Warisan.
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