Let's focus on building up Sabah PKR now that turmoil is settled, says Liew

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR considers its leadership crisis settled with the appointment of Datuk Mustapha Sakmud as its new chief, says Datuk Christina Liew.

Mustapha, whose appointment was effective immediately, took the helm from Datuk Dr Sangkar Rasam, who faced a rebellion from 15 of the 26 Sabah and Labuan PKR divisions.

The decision was made after the PKR central leadership council meeting on Sunday (May 26), which also saw the appointment of Inanam assemblyman Peto Galim as deputy chief.

“Now (the crisis is over), we need to regroup and work together to strengthen our party in Sabah and get ready for (the state) election next year,“ Liew, the Sabah Pakatan Harapan chairman, said on Monday (May 27).

Liew, who was Sabah PKR chief for nearly 20 years before being replaced by Sangkar in 2022, said the state party leadership will meet ahead of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s visit to Sabah on Friday (May 31).

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Anwar is expected to officially close the month-long Kaamatan Festival at the Hongkod Koisaan in Penampang.

Asked if the state party leaders would be meeting the PKR president, Liew replied: “Yes, we hope to meet him. There are always so many things to do and improve, plus the state needs help from the Federal Government too.

"So, we hope some good news will be announced for Sabah.”

Liew, who is state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, also gave an assurance of the coalition's continued support for the state government led by Chief Minister and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

Earlier, she launched Bayu Seni Sabah’s Ethnic Cross-Cultural Digital Exhibition and the video competition Culture, Agro Tourism and Nature (CAN).

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