KOTA KINABALU: The Ranau PKR division is still intact even though its leader Jonathan Yasin left for Perikatan Nasional in March, says Sabah PKR chairman Datuk Christina Liew.
"It was perceived that when he jumped ship, others would follow suit.
“On the contrary, there was no exodus because the rest of the division leadership and members did not want to become political frogs, ” she said when opening the new PKR division office at the Lohan Rest House in Ranau on Saturday (July 4).
The division’s leadership has been taken over by Peter Sumping.
“Our members in Ranau have stayed put and remained loyal to the party. They do not wish to pawn the dignity of the party's struggle," she said.
Jonathan had quit Sabah PKR to follow Datuk Seri Mohd Azmin Ali's faction to join Perikatan Nasional. He was made Deputy Home Minister in the new government of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Liew urged the new division head to seek guidance from party leaders including Sabah PKR deputy chief Mustapha Sakmud, who is also her political secretary and PKR State Leadership Council secretary Abdul Razak Jamil in running the division.
She also commended Peter and his team for their effort in holding the fort and strengthening the division's position.
"We welcome those who are interested in joining PKR, and I understand there are new members here today," she said, while calling on the new leadership to reactivate the division and take care of members' well-being as well as that of the local community.
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