Dr Jeffrey (far left), Anwar (third left) and PKR leaders during the press conference.
Anwar Ibrahim says PKR wovs in Sabah are over and Jeffrey Kitingan is happy and has accepted to stay in PKR.Read the story here.
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PENAMPANG: Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan remains unhappy with the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) central leadership’s way of selecting party leaders in Sabah.
“I’m just unhappy with the way the appointment was made, that’s all,” he said of Ahmad Thamrin Jaini’s appointment as the state liaison chairman.
He insisted that both Sabah and Sarawak PKR should be given the autonomy to pick their own leaders.
“For me, one of the things I want is that PKR Sabah and Sarawak should be given the autonomy, so we can be a local national party,” he told reporters after the closing of the Sabah PKR Convention 2009 yesterday.
Contrary to his sentiment, party advisor, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday that internal problems bogging the Sabah PKR have been resolved and members have expressed the state party line-up.
“I am glad to say at least now they support the party line up in the state. At the same time, we want to make sure the national leadership which includes Dr Jeffrey, Christina Liew and Ansari Abdullah to be given a chance to perform in Sabah and Sarawak,” he told reporters after closing the Sabah PKR Convention 2009 here yesterday.
Anwar said however that he was sticking to the decision to appoint a second-liner of leadership to spearhead the party and hoped that the senior leaders would support and provide guidance to them like how it is being done in some states in the peninsula.
“Since it is spelt out very clearly in the PKR policy statement, I think we should adhere to that,” he said.
Dr Jeffrey, when asked for comments, said he had no problem with the second-liner rationale and without elaborating said, “but you have to ask the others.”
“For me it’s okay. I do what I can to bring up the Borneo issue of Sabah and Sarawak. I am happy to have seen the PKR policy already. But you have to ask the others, it is not just me,” he said.
Anwar had earlier said that the party leadership had received a lot of feedbacks from members and had explained the decision-making process to them.
He clarified that although Ahmad Thamrin’s appointment had caused controversy, it was a mandate given to him just as what the central leadership had done for party divisions in Sarawak and the peninsula.
The State PKR had been bogged down by internal problems when Dr Jeffrey’s announced his resignation as the vice president in October following the appointment of Ahmad Thamrin Jaini as the state liaison chairman by the party’s central leadership. Soon after, Liew relinquished her post as supreme council member.
The party however did not accept their resignations.
“As far as I’m concerned, he (Dr Jeffrey) is (still) the vice-president and I didn’t see his resignation letter,” Anwar said.
Meanwhile, on reports that he would join Party Cinta Malaysia, Dr Jeffrey said: “As far as I’m concerned there is none.’
He said the PKR leadership had also given him the assurance that all his ideas had been accepted.
“That is important, because that is what I am about, I want some real changes and I am banking on their sincerity,” he said.Here's another contradiction on PAS Hadi Awang's statement that PAS was in no hurry to register Pakatan Rakyat that got Anwar putting a new spin to it.