PKR political bureau will review Salleh’s bid to join party

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR’s political bureau will review the application of former Cabinet minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak to join the party due to the “sensitivity” of various people, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Some PKR leaders in Sabah have expressed their disquiet over his bid to join the party.

Dr Wan Azizah, however, noted that Salleh’s intention to join was due to its attractiveness as a multiracial party.

“It shows that PKR is attractive because it is among the reasons he has listed in wanting to join (the party), ” Dr Wan Azizah, who is also PKR advisory council chief, told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

She added that the party would review his membership application due to the “sensitivity” of various quarters.

Salleh, who is also a former Sabah chief minister, has reportedly said he wants to join PKR as he feels that the multiracial party reflects his political viewpoints and the political climate in Sabah.

The former Umno treasurer and federal communications and multimedia minister has said he wants to help PKR bring back progressive, multiracial politics that prioritises stability and moderation, especially in Sabah.

Dr Wan Azizah said that although the Prime Minister had said he had nothing against party-hopping, some felt that the party “must look at those who are behind it”.

“We have received his application but whether it is accepted or not, it will be decided by the party’s political bureau, ” she added.

At a separate press conference, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the party had not yet met to discuss the matter.

Salleh and former Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia were among top Sabah Umno leaders led by Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor who left the party last December after the 14th General Election.

However, the two were not taken in when Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) spread its wings to Sabah in April this year. Hajiji is Bersatu’s state chairman.

Salleh’s bid to join PKR has not gone down well with Sabah PKR leaders who are concerned about his reputation as a “henchman” of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is currently on trial over matters relating to the controversial 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

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