KOTA KINABALU: PKR’s Ranau MP Jonathan Yasin (pic), who was among the 11 party members said to have defected three days ago, denies that he has left the party, say Sabah PKR vice-chairman Kenny Chua.
“Jonathan has told us he has not left the party, ” said Chua when contacted on Thursday (Feb 27).
He declined to elaborate further, saying it was best for Jonathan to clear the air himself.
It was learned that Jonathan explained that he was still a PKR member when party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim called to clarify his stand.
Jonathan is believed to have claimed that his name was announced as one of the defectors without consultation.
Earlier on Thursday, Jonathan posted on Facebook that he did not quit PKR and said that would be explaining the situation at the party’s committee later in the evening.
"For the record, I am still in PKR. I also deny that I had consented to quit PKR, ” he said in a post that was removed shortly afterwards.
The first-term MP from the constituency on the foothills of Mount Kinabalu could not be reached for comments and did not respond to text messages.
A later posting on his Facebook page read: "Any issues about my position in the party will be discussed with the party's committee members and bureau this evening. #Keep calm."
The move to quit the party was announced in a joint statement by the group led by former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali. The statement carried the names of 11 MPs, including that of Jonathan.
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