Pandikar says not joining PKR, plans to revive disbanded party


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  • Monday, 07 Oct 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia is planning to revive his disbanded Angkatan Keadilan Rakyat Bersatu, known then as Parti Akar, to re-launch his political career.

The veteran Sabah politician said that he was not planning to join PKR as widely speculated or take over Usno that was initially on the cards after Parti Pribumi Bersatu Sabah showed few signs that they would accept him into the party.

“I will lead a local party. I am reviving Akar with a new line-up, most of them will be new and young leaders, while the remaining 30% will be made up of experienced leaders, ” he said here on Monday (Oct 7).

“Now, just wait for the announcement, ” Pandikar said when asked if he has sought to re-register Akar.

In 2001, Pandikar dissolved Parti Akar (then a Barisan Nasional component party) with its members joining Umno en-masse in Sabah.

Akar was formed by a breakaway Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) faction led by Datuk Mark Koding in 1989.

PBS was then the ruling state government under Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan. Akar became a Barisan component after PBS left Barisan in 1990.

Pandikar is now president of the ethnic-based non-governmental

organisation United Sabah Bajau Organisation (Usbo), taking over from former president Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak who became Usbo’s adviser.

During Usbo’s Malays Day celebration in Kota Belud, both Salleh and Pandikar pledged their support for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be the next Prime Minister after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad steps down.

Over the weekend, Salleh confirmed that he had applied to join PKR with local party leaders raising concerns over his bid to become a member, though Anwar has said that the political bureau will study the application.

During the gathering, Pandikar also held a ceremony by the Kota Belud

beach in a ceremony with Anwar to strengthen friendship after a

turbulent past political relationship. This led to further speculation

that Pandikar was joining PKR.

Asked about the ceremony at the beach, he replied; “Politics lah kan.

But the understanding from the beginning is that, I won't join PKR.”

Pandikar and Salleh were among top Sabah Umno leaders led by Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor to leave the party. However, the two were not taken in when Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia spread its wings to Sabah in April this year.

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