Sabah DAP quitters torn between joining ex-Umno Shafie or ex-PKR Lajim

Ex-Sabah PKR chief Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin has formed a new party. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Ex-Sabah PKR chief Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin has formed a new party. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 ― The seven Sabahans who recently quit the DAP are expected to hop to the party set up by former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal or the one by ex-Sabah PKR chief Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin.

Likas assemblyman Junz Wong, who quit Sabah DAP along with six other colleagues, told Malay daily Utusan Malaysia that they were still undecided as it would require discussions with their grassroots supporters.

“Personally, I don’t want to make a rushed decision and I’ll talk to my grassroots supporters instead. What’s for certain is that it’s either Mohd Shafie’s or Lajim’s party,” Wong was quoted saying.

Wong resigned Sunday as Sabah DAP secretary, followed by deputy chairman Joan Goh, treasurer David Williams, vice-chairman George Hiew, vice-publicity secretary Charles Manggatal, political education director Nicholas Chak and state committee member Daniel Kalingang.

They announced their resignations at the same time as Lajim, who said he would be forming his own party. Three other Sabah PKR office bearers also left the national opposition party that day.

Wong denied that he and his colleagues were influenced by certain individuals or were paid to leave the DAP, saying that their actions were motivated by local sentiments as Sabahans.

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