KOTA KINABALU: Pakatan Harapan (PH) has yet to receive any formal application from ex Sabah Barisan Nasional component Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) to join the coalition.
Sabah PH chief Christina Liew confirmed that central and state headquarters had not obtained any letter from PBRS, which announced its intention to join the coalition after quitting BN following the general election.
“The party (PBRS) mentioned in the media they had applied but on checking, our Kuala Lumpur office said they have not received any application,” she said, adding the Sabah office also did not receive anything.
Liew said PBRS had only a slim chance of becoming a Pakatan Harapan component as PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad has started to shut the door to BN defectors.
PBRS president Joseph Kurup announced on May 12 that his party had withdrawn from BN. He claimed PBRS had already applied to join Pakatan Harapan.
PBRS was the third Sabah BN component to leave the former ruling alliance, with United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) and Liberal Democratic Party being the others.
PBRS won the Pensiangan federal constituency through Arthur Kurup and Sook state seat through Ellron Alfred Angin.
Meanwhile, Arthur, who is Kurup’s son and PBRS deputy president, said the party is waiting for PBRS’ supreme council to sanction the move to join PH, adding the party will remain as an independent for now.
There were other options including possible collaboration with parties in Sarawak to form a stronger East Malaysian representation.