KOTA KINABALU: Mystery surrounds the political stand of Sabah PKR’s Ranau MP Jonathan Yassin as he remains incommunicado with party colleagues in the state.
Jonathan, who was among the 11 PKR MPs in Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s group that quit the party at the height of the horse-trading that led to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin being named Prime Minister, has not stated his current political leaning.
He had told party colleagues, including PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, on Feb 27 that his name was included by the Azmin group without his knowledge and had assured them that he was still with PKR.
However, he did not make any official or public announcement on his position and was among two PKR MPs missing at Thursday’s (March 5) press conference by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
In that press conference, Shafie reiterated that the Parti Warisan Sabah-led coalition government of DAP, PKR and Upko would not be joining the new Perikatan Nasional federal government.
Jonathan has not responded to calls or text messages on his current political stand while many of his colleagues in Sabah said they had not been in contact with him.
Another Sabah PKR leader, Putatan MP Awang Husaini Sahari, who was absent at Thursday’s press conference, said he was with PKR and fully supported party president Anwar.
“I missed the Thursday meeting and I did see the message on our WhatsApp group. I am with PKR. I am with the president Anwar, ” he said when contacted Friday (March 6).
Sabah PKR chairman Datuk Christina Liew, who is Tawau MP, told reporters on Thursday that Jonathan was at his home base in Ranau and his stand would be made known when Parliament sits on May 18.
“As far as the Putatan MP is concern, we are together. We support the state government and the Chief Minister, ” said Liew, whose PKR has three MPs in Sabah.
A total of 14 MPs (Warisan nine, DAP three, and one each from PKR and Upko) attended the Chief Minister’s press conference in a show of solidarity behind the Warisan-led state government’s stand to remain politically in opposition at the federal level.
The MPs who support Perikatan include five from Sabah Bersatu, two from Sabah Umno, and one each from Sabah STAR, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).
Sabah and Labuan has a total of 26 MPs.