TUARAN: Sabah PPBM chief coordinator Hajiji Mohd Noor today rubbished claims that a group of members had quit PPBM to join Warisan.
He said the group which had claimed it was made of pioneers in the state party was not recognised by the party to begin with.
“I don’t know this group of leaders claiming to have brought PPBM into Sabah.
“The fact is the prime minister announced the entry of PPBM into Sabah in mid February and then launched the party on April 6,” he told reporters at his Hari Raya open house here today.
The group comprising 25 people claiming to be “protem divisional chiefs”, together with 3,000 members, led by one Thomas Mojuga Tukung, said yesterday they were leaving PPBM to join Warisan.
Thomas, said to be the former Sabah PPBM deputy chairman, said the group was the earliest “activator” responsible in bringing the party to Sabah, although the group was based in Pulai, Johor.
The group claimed it was leaving because the central leadership had broken its promise not to accept Umno members or give them positions.
Thomas said the group was also unhappy with the appointment of Hajiji, the former Sabah Umno chief, as the state PPBM chief coordinator.
Responding to this, Hajiji, who is Sulaman assemblyman, said the former Sabah Umno senior members had fulfilled the conditions before applying to become PPBM members.
“We quit Umno and became independent elected representatives and did not join PPBM directly (from Umno) … we fulfilled the criteria,” he said.
Hajiji was part of a mass exodus of senior members from Sabah Umno last December, involving 14 elected representatives, including five MPs. All but one of the elected representatives joined PPBM in stages between March and April this year.
Meanwhile, Hajiji said Sabah PPBM would hold its inaugural annual general meeting before the end of the year after establishing 25 divisions.