‘Grassroots intact despite Mohammadin’s defection’

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah’s strength at the grassroots level remains intact despite losing Lahad Datu MP Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi who has defected, says party information chief Datuk Awang Ahmad Sah.

He acknowledged that party members were disappointed with Mohammadin for leaving the party to become an Independent, friendly to the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah state government.

However, he said the party would remain focused on its struggles.

Its grassroots support was still strong despite losing three assemblymen who switched their support to the GRS-led state government, he said.

The two-year-old Warisan-led state government was toppled by the 10-party GRS coalition in last year’s snap state election.

Awang Ahmad urged party members to continue working with the people to ensure the party strengthened itself for the general election expected early next year.

On Saturday, Mohammadin who is Segama assemblyman said he would become an Independent, friendly to the GRS at the state level.

His exit from Warisan did not come as surprise as speculation about him quitting the party had been circulating since last year.

Warisan, led by former chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, holds 19 seats in the 78-member assembly.

Opposition Pakatan Harapan has nine seats.

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