Ex-Speaker Pandikar, Ex-Minister Salleh Keruak Deny Joining PKR

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Tan Sri Pandikar Amin said neither he nor former minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak was crossing over to PKR.



Dismissing rumours of this based on the invitation for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to attend at a United Sabah Bajau Organisation (Usbo) event on September 17, the former Dewan Rakyat Speaker said not to read anything more into this.

“I am not joining. Salleh is also not joining,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.


“It is not a political event. We have invited him for the Usbo Malaysia Day gathering.”

Meanwhile, Sabah PKR leaders today said they were unaware of Salleh and Pandikar’s plans to join the party as membership applications are done online.

State PKR chairman Christina Liew said she had no knowledge of any such developments.

Her deputy Mustapa Sakmut said that even though membership applications were now made online, they would still be vetted by the state council and division chiefs.

“If they had applied, we would know but so far we have not received their applications,” he said.

Salleh, formerly the Umno information chief, has kept a low profile after losing the Kota Belud seat in last year’s elections.

He joined the United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) but quit in August.

Pandikar, meanwhile, left Umno late last year and joined Usno as adviser.

The former Dewan Rakyat Speaker was previously rumoured to be eyeing the Usno presidency.

Usno is an association that looks after the welfare of the Bajau community, especially those in west coast Sabah.

It is believed that their presence in PKR would likely strengthen the multiracial party’s support among the Bajau community.