KOTA KINABALU: Nominated assemblyman Jaffari Walliam, who is a former Sabah PKR leader aligned to Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s faction, has formally joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
Jaffari submitted his application to Sabah Bersatu chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor along with 12,744 applications from his supporters to join the party.
Jaffari led mainly ex-Sabah PKR members as well as members of his NGO Penggerak Komuniti Negara (PKN) chapter which he headed in the state.
He handed over the application forms to Hajiji during the Sabah Bersatu leadership body meeting at Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) here Sunday (May 2).
Jaffari was former Libaran PKR division chief who left the party early last year and joined Azmin’s group that backed the formation of the Perikatan Nasional government following the collapse of Pakatan Harapan.
Jaffari was also part of the group led by former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman who failed to take over the Warisan Plus state government in July last year in its bid to oust Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Hajiji then led the newly formed Gabungan Rakyat Sabah to topple the Warisan Plus led state government in the Sept 26 snap Sabah state election.
In welcoming Jaffari and his group, Hajiji said that Sabah Bersatu was gaining strength and was being well accepted in the hearts of the people.
"Bersatu is currently flourishing in Sabah. The core of our struggle is for the people and to fulfil their aspirations, ” he said.
Jaffari said he together with 13 other PKN chairmen and members in Sabah have jointly agreed to join Bersatu.
Sabah Bersatu comes under Sabah Perikatan Nasional which is part of the 10-party GRS coalition in Sabah. The others are Sabah Barisan Nasional and Parti Bersatu Sabah.
Former Sabah PKR leader and Ranau MP Jonathan Yassin, who is Deputy Home Minister II, is also expected to join Bersatu officially.