People come and go in politics, Masidi says after Lahad Datu MP quits Bersatu


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) deputy chief Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) has refused to be drawn into the withdrawal of Lahad Datu MP Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi from the party.

Masidi pointed out that anyone can decide on their own destiny in politics.

“(There is) nothing to comment. A party is a voluntary organisation.

“People come and go, check in and check out at all times,” he said in a brief text message on Tuesday (June 28).

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Mohamaddin, who is also Segama assemblyman, had earlier on Tuesday (June 28) announced his departure from Bersatu, just six months after joining the party on Nov 26.

He said he would become an independent supporting the state and federal governments.

He won the Lahad Datu parliamentary and Segama state seats under Parti Warisan before quitting the party on Oct 30 last year to become an independent.

He then joined Bersatu the following month.

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He claimed that his decision to leave Bersatu was because he had not been given any role to play after half a year.

He also said he and his supporters were sidelined by the party's Lahad Datu division chief, claiming they were not allowed to set up their own branches but instead were told to join 14 existing branches in the constituency.

Mohamaddin’s departure means the Sabah chapter of Bersatu is left with 16 assemblymen.

This also marks the first time an elected representative has ever quit Sabah Bersatu.

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