Penampang MP Darell Leiking quits PKR

PETALING JAYA: Darell Leiking has resigned from PKR.

In a letter sighted by FMT, the Penampang lawmaker – who is also a PKR vice- president – resigned on Sept 21.

In the letter addressed to PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Leiking stressed that his decision to quit the party had nothing to do with PKR or Wan Azizah.

“In fact, as much as there are reasons for me to continue and to stand shoulder to shoulder with you and all our colleagues in Keadlian so as to fight and eventually defeat the Barisan Nasional regime led by Umno, there are also as many reasons for me to consider participating in the same political cause as I had embraced in Keadilan for Sabah thru (sic) a state based political platform to fight against the evil BN regime,” the letter read.

When contacted, Leiking confimed his resignation and said that Wan Azizah was aware of it. Leiking also revealed that Wan Azizah respected his decision.

“What is important is that we all share the same views on bringing a new landscape for Sabah and the Federation.”

News of his resignation comes in the wake of his appearance alongside former Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal at the office of the Registrar of Societies (ROS) in Putrajaya, where the latter is believed to have submitted documents to take over a Sabah-based political party.

Leiking is a first-term Member of Parliament. He won the Penampang seat after defeating Upko President Bernard Dompok in the 13th General Election.

Following the MP’s resignation from PKR, rumours are rife in Kota Kinabalu, that PKR’s Moyog assemblyman Terence Siambun will also be resigning and joining Darell.

When contacted, Terence told FMT that he was aware of the rumours, but he did not give an indication as to whether the rumours were true or not, only saying “No comment”.