KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR chief Christina Liew has been made Sabah Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairperson, the opposition coalition’s secretary-general Saifuddin Abdullah has announced.
Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong and his Amanah counterpart Hamzah Abdullah have been made deputy chairmen.
“The appointments were made by PH’s presidential council meeting on Aug 28.
“The other portfolios will be made known later,” Saifuddin told reporters at PKR headquarters here today.
Saifuddin also quelled any doubts that Sabahans have about PH and former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed as its national chairman.
“Sabahans have to remember that the primary goal now is to defeat and replace the current government and that past mistakes can be forgiven,” he said.
“Sabahans, just like other Malaysians anywhere else, are reasonable and practical people.
“The main issue now is to oust the government.
“If Anwar Ibrahim, Nurul Izzah and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail can sit with Dr Mahathir monthly, that’s enough to show that we have forgiven past mistakes for strategic reasons.”
Saifuddin was referring to de facto opposition leader Anwar and his daughter and wife. Anwar was jailed for several offences during Mahathir’s tenure as prime minister.
Mahathir is also seen by some Sabahans as being responsible for the influx of illegal immigrants into Sabah in the alleged “Projek IC”.
Saifuddin also said various stakeholders will be involved in the efforts to finalise PH’s manifesto in Sabah for the upcoming elections.
“Various stakeholders, including the youth and women’s wings, will be involved to finalise our manifesto for Sabah,” he said.
“The PH manifesto committee today was called to discuss matters for Sabah’s manifesto.
“All issues related to Sabahans, such as education, health and more, will be discussed in future meetings before we fine-tune and launch it soon.”