Pandikar Not Following Salleh into PKR, to Revive Sabah Party

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Former parliamentary Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia has no plans to join PKR but intends to use a defunct Sabah party Angkatan Keadilan Rakyat Bersatu (Akar) as a platform to revive his political career.

He told reporters in Kota Kinabalu today that he would not follow Umno veteran Salleh Said Keruak, who has submitted his application to join PKR.

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“I will lead a local party. I am reviving Akar with a new line-up,” Pandikar was quoted as saying.

He said Akar, of which Pandikar had been a member in the 1990s before joining Umno, would be revived with experienced politicians accounting for 30% of its leadership.

Akar had been a Barisan Nasional component party before Pandikar dissolved it and its members were folded into Umno in 2001.

When asked if he has registered the party with the Registrar of Societies, Pandikar said it was in the process of being approved.

“Done. Now we are just waiting for the announcement,” he said.

Late last year, Pandikar and Salleh had been among top Sabah Umno leaders to quit the party.

There had been speculation that both would join PKR, but only Salleh has done so, a move which has angered Sabah PKR leaders, who said they were not consulted by the national leadership.

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has said Salleh’s application would be reviewed.

Since leaving Umno late last December, he has been using his position as president of the non-governmental organisation United Sabah Bajau Organisation (Usbo) as his political platform.

Salleh is currently Usbo advisor.