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Sabah PKR chief Pajudin quits party

 | February 5, 2011

He says that he has lost confidence in the party leadership headed by Anwar Ibrahim and now wants to join rival Umno.

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KOTA KINABALU:  Sabah PKR suffered a blow today when its recently appointed state chief  Pajudin Nordin, 42, quit the party, citing a loss of confidence in the leadership, and applied to join Umno.

“I feel disappointed with Anwar (Ibrahim) and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail because they are just fooling us, the PKR Sabah leaders.

“My credibility and loyalty to the party should not have been doubted but due to their action it has led to a further crisis in Sabah PKR,” he said.

He made his quit announcement during a hastily-called press conference held at Sri Gaya, the official residence of Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman this evening.

He also submitted his application to join Umno to Musa, who is also the Sabah Umno chief.

“I am very disappointed that all this while Anwar said that PKR is fighting for Sabah and the people’s right but he cakap tak serupa bikin (did not walk the talk),” he said.

Pajudin, a former PKR central Youth committee member and Sabah PKR Youth chief, believed many more state PKR leaders and members have realised this and would be leaving the party.

“I have lost confidence in the leadership of PKR…” he said.

Musa welcomed Pajudin’s decision to leave PKR. He also said that the former PKR man will be accepted to join Umno.

‘PKR has become irrelevant in Sabah’

Answering questions from the media, Pajudin, the former Tuaran division vice-chief, said his departure from the party was not due to strong objections raised over his appointment as the state chief.

He added that the so-called objections arose because of dirty tactics by some quarters who had wanted to distort his image and leadership.

“I have seen that under the leadership of Najib Tun Razak and in Sabah under Musa Aman, only Umno and BN could take care of the rights of the people and bring development to the country and state,” he said.

On the contrary, he said the leadership of Anwar and Azizah was all about making a fool of the Sabah PKR leaders and that their main struggle was personal – to get Anwar to Putrajaya.

“If they had been firm on picking me as the state chief, they should not have entertained the perceived objections,” he said.

He said that PKR members in the state should stop being a “stooge of Anwar”. He also reminded Anwar that PKR had become irrelevant in Sabah.

Pajudin, who joined PKR in 1999, said he submitted his resignation letter through fax and made known of his intention through SMS (to PKR leaders).

Not a popular appointment

Earlier, word got around in Sabah of Pajudin’s decision to leave PKR.

Kota Belud Barisan Nasional-Umno MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan even tweeted about Pajudin’s decision.

The outspoken Abdul Rahman said: “Breaking news: PKR Sabah state chief resigned. Joining Umno!”

Abdul Rahman in his second twitter message said that Pajudin had blasted Anwar over his inconsistencies.

Cukuplah dengan penghinaan kepada orang-orang Sabah!” said Abdul Rahman, quoting Pajudin, who is fondly referred to as Ustaz in the party circles.

Pajudin was appointed to the post on Jan 10 by party president Wan Azizah but it was not a popular appointment as he was appointed ahead of more senior leaders in the state.

The little known Arab-speaking Pajudin was picked after a bitter tussle for the post by several state PKR leaders.

It was reported previously that Pajudin did not like the factionlism practised in the party by the top leadership.

Since his appointment, Pajudin, who is close to senior leader Ansari Abdullah, had found it difficult to call for state meeetings, with only six or seven division leaders out of 25 attending the meetings.

The majority of the divisions have asked the party headquarters to replace him with Wan Azizah, a move which is expected to take place soon.

Party insiders are, however, speculating that Ansari will now be asked by Anwar to steady the party in the state to stop the possible exodus of Muslim leaders from PKR.

Azizah, meanwhile, is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow for a Chinese New Year gathering organised by senior leader Christina Liew.


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