KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah chief minister Salleh Said Keruak has cancelled his application to join PKR after “pondering deeply” and taking into account the political landscape, including the internal turmoil in the party.
Salleh said he made the decision in April and remained without a party since leaving Umno in 2018.
“Lately, many have asked me about my political stand in the light of the political landscape of the country including Sabah.
“In March 2020, I asked for my application to be postponed so that I could meet up with fellow comrades-in-arms and discuss our direction in Sabah.
“Then in April 2020, I requested that my application to join PKR be revoked. With the cancellation of the application, I have remained partyless since I left Umno in December 2018,” he said in a blog post today.
Salleh, who is also a former federal minister, said he had applied to join PKR because the party was part of the federal government at the time, and that Sabah should build strong ties with Putrajaya to continue developing and remaining competitive.
“I chose it (at the time) for the sake of the continuation of cooperation between Sabah and the federal government,” he said.
He said his decision then was based on careful consideration as well as taking into account the views of his comrades and the grassroots.
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