Time to close ranks, new Sabah PKR chief tells division heads

Sabah PKR chief Mustapha Sakmud is also the deputy higher education minister and Sepanggar MP. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The new head of Sabah PKR has urged divisional leaders in the state to close ranks and focus on championing the rights of Sabahans.

Mustapha Sakmud, who took over the post from Sangkar Rasam yesterday, said it was not a special privilege for him to helm Sabah PKR but an important responsibility, Bernama reported.

“I urge PKR leaders all throughout Sabah to close ranks and unite under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership to uplift the dignity of the people and our beloved country,” the Sepanggar MP said.

Mustapha, who is also the deputy higher education minister, added that Sabah PKR would remain committed to ensuring political stability in the state until the state assembly is dissolved.

He said a state PKR convention would be held soon to prepare for the state polls, as the legislative assembly is set to automatically dissolve in October next year, after which an election must be held within 60 days.

Mustapha’s predecessor Sangkar was previously urged to step down as Sabah PKR chief by 15 of 26 division chiefs.

He rejected the demand, and Anwar later said he would intervene in the matter, which eventually led to Sangkar’s replacement although he was also appointed to the party’s central leadership council.


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