Pandikar: I’m not joining PKR, so is Salleh

Pandikar: I’m not joining PKR, so is Salleh

PUCHONG: Former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin said neither he nor former minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak were planning to join PKR.

Dismissing the rumours based on the invitation for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to attend at a United Sabah Bajau Organisation (Usbo) event on September 17, the former Dewan Rakyat Speaker urged the public not to believe the news.

“I’m not joining. Salleh is also not joining,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.

“It is not a political event. We have invited him for the Usbo Malaysia Day gathering.”

Earlier, several news portals speculated that both United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) leaders would defect to PKR at the said event.

Pandikar and Salleh had been Umno members but left the party to join Usno, after Sabah-based components abandoned Barisan Nasional following its 14th general election defeat.

Usbo is a non-governmental outfit representing the Bajau community of East Malaysia.

Salleh is the president of the organisation while Pandikar is one of three deputies.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, whose Warisan cooperates with Pakatan Harapan, is  the adviser for Usbo.