Sabah PKR leader calls for review of ties with Warisan following ‘provocative’ statements by party No.2


KOTA KINABALU: Irked by recent statements from Parti Warisan Sabah, a PKR leader is calling for the review of the cooperation between Pakatan Harapan and the Sabah-based party.

Sabah PKR leadership council deputy chairman Mustapha Sakmud, who is also Sabah Pakatan secretary, said that recent statements made by Warisan deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking were provocative.

Leiking had claimed that many Pakatan leaders were unhappy with the MOU signed between the Opposition and the ruling government.

He also claimed that issues relating to race, religion and language continued to plague the nation, contrary to the pledges made, as the Federal Government knew it had “subdued” Pakatan.

Leiking said this at the opening of the joint annual meeting of Warisan’s Wanita, Youth and Young Women’s wings last week.

Mustapha said Leiking’s statements would undermine Pakatan as the coalition signed the MOU to ensure political stability to aid the socio-economic revival of the country following the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said Pakatan respected the stance of Warisan leaders for not signing the MOU and had never mocked nor pressured Warisan for its unwillingness to work with the Federal Government.

Mustapha said the same approach was applied at state level when Warisan said that it did not want to get involved in the Sabah Reform Agenda, which was a similar agreement to work with the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah-led state government.

“There is no reason for us to push, let alone ridicule the Warisan leadership because we believe in the politics of values and maturity for the good of the people in this state,” he said.

Pakatan secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail later dismissed these accusations and urged Leiking to read the agreement instead of playing the race card.

He advised Leiking to read the terms of the MOU carefully, which is available publicly on the Parliament website, before making further statements.

Warisan information chief Datuk Awang Ahmad Sah Sahari also responded to Leiking and Saifuddin’s statements.

“We would like to remind Warisan that political cooperation at the state and national levels are the keys to continuing the reform and change agenda which we have been fighting for so long.

“We have given space and opportunity to Warisan to be the main Opposition leader in the state and given enough space for Warisan to translate the idealism of the struggle of the people in the state assembly and Parliament,” Mustapha said.

He said Pakatan leaders have remained silent to preserve unity and strategic cooperation amongst themselves.

“If Warisan continues its efforts to divide this unity, then Pakatan needs to re-evaluate cooperation by planning and implementing new strategies in facing GE15,” Mustapha said.

PKR is part of the Pakatan coalition who signed a six-point MOU with the Federal Government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in September, to preserve political stability and transformation as well as pave the way for a new political landscape based on bipartisan cooperation.

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