No factions in Sabah PKR, says chairman Liew

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR chairperson Christina Liew has chosen to steer a middle path in the fight for the party’s deputy president post, saying members in the state belonged to only one camp – the Anwar Ibrahim camp.

“In essence, we in Sabah are in one camp, namely Anwar Ibrahim’s camp.

“We don’t deny there are two individuals contesting for the deputy president post, namely Rafizi Ramli and Azmin Ali.

“When Rafizi came here recently, as the chairperson in Sabah, I accompanied him and attended his functions. The same will happen if Azmin comes too,” she told reporters today.

Liew said Azmin will be visiting Sabah next month to pay courtesy calls to Chief Minister Shafie Apdal and governor Juhar Mahiruddin.

As the economic affairs minister, Liew said Azmin will also hold meetings with potential investors in the state.

“After that, he will meet PKR members and leaders, just like what Rafizi did. This is all very normal. Even I have to meet my supporters because I am contesting for the Kota Kinabalu PKR chief’s post,” she said.

Rafizi, the vice-president, has mounted a strong challenge for the deputy president’s post held by Azmin in the party election scheduled for September and October.

Meanwhile, Liew said she was taken aback by another postponement of the election dates which have already been changed twice since last month.

“Preparations for the election in Sabah have been going well but it keeps getting postponed from September to Oct 13 or 14. Then, yesterday, I received a letter stating that the new dates will be Oct 23 or 24.

“I honestly don’t know why these changes were made. However, the president and deputy prime minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be coming here on Sunday to open party divisional annual general meetings.

“I think she is the right person to comment on this,” she said, adding that the party is expecting more than 1,000 to turn up for the event.