With 130,000 members, Sabah PKR seen by some as ‘kingmaker’

Sabah PKR chief Christina Liew says she does not think Sabah will determine the outcome of the party polls. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: More than 130,000 Sabah PKR members are eligible to vote in the party election on Nov 3 and 4 in Sabah and some members believe this makes it the kingmaker.

However, Sabah PKR chairperson Christina Liew dismissed any notion that Sabah would be the determining factor in the election due to its membership strength.

“I think Sabah will not be the kingmaker in the election despite the big number of voters because Sarawak will be the last to vote,” she said.

Sarawak has 29 divisions, three more than Sabah’s 26 divisions but its number of members is reportedly lower than Sabah’s.

Some Sabah PKR members believe they will be the kingmakers in the party election as their numbers could potentially turn around any decision made by other voters in the peninsula.

Sources within the party believe this is the reason why Mohamed Azmin Ali and Rafizi Ramli will be making another trip to Sabah soon to persuade eligible voters to choose them as the party’s deputy president.

Liew, who is also the Sabah deputy chief minister, confirmed that the two candidates would be coming to Sabah, possibly this weekend, together with party president Anwar Ibrahim.

“Anwar wants to meet the people here. After he won the Port Dickson by-election, this was the first thing he had in mind, to come to Sabah and meet the members here,” she said.

Meanwhile, Liew said members in urban areas would cast their votes on Nov 3 while those in the rural areas would do so the following day.

She is confident the election will run smoothly unlike at several voting centres in the peninsula.

“I think our members are mature and will vote according to the election rules set down by the party election committee,” she said.