Anwar’s visit to Sabah isn’t aimed at getting new members, says PKR

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

GEORGE TOWN: The visit by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim to Kota Belud, Sabah, on Sept 17 is at the invitation of the Bajau community in the state, said PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

He dismissed speculations that Anwar’s visit to Sabah, with several of the party leaders, was to recruit or receive new PKR members.

“We were invited to be in Kota Belud on Sept 17 by the Bajau community. We know Sabah has so many ethnic groups.

“They invited Anwar and the rest of the party leaders,” he said, adding that as party president, Anwar was often invited by people from all walks of life

“This time, he accepted the invitation by Sabah. It is not an event to receive new members,” he told reporters after launching a blood donation and health programme in Pantai Jerejak here today.

Yesterday, a news portal reported speculation that former Cabinet minister Salleh Said Keruak and former Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia would be joining PKR.

According to the report, United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) information chief Musli Oli was quoted as saying that both were among several leaders of the Bajau community in Sabah who will be making the move.

It was speculated that Salleh and Pandikar Amin would be submitting their applications to join PKR after the Malaysia Day celebrations on Sept 16.

In December last year, Salleh and Pandikar Amin announced they were quitting Umno to become independent politicians.

They are among nine Sabah Umno state assemblymen, four MPs, two senators and 21 division leaders, who left the party.