PUTRAJAYA — March 15, 2019: Eight Sabah Umno deserters are officially members of Pribumi Bersatu from today after receiving their membership cards from party chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. They will support Parti Warisan Sabah in the state.
Four of the eight are MPs, two senators and two assemblymen. The MPs are Datuk Zakaria Edris (Libaran), Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee (Beluran), Datuk Azizah Mohd. Dun (Beaufort) and Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri (Kudat) while the assemblymen are Datuk Hajiji Mohd. Noor (Sulaman) and Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (Karanaan). The senators are Datuk Abdul Ghani Mohamed Yassin and Datuk John Ambrose.
“Bersatu members in Sabah will support the Warisan government now. We do not have any intention to replace any party. We want to be there (Sabah) only to support the Sabah Warisan government,” Mahathir said as reported by Bernama.
Yesterday, Hajiji, who was Sabah Umno chairman, was reported as saying that more Sabah Umno elected representatives would join Bersatu when the party formally is launched in Sabah on April 6.
According to Mahathir, six more assemblymen who had submitted membership forms to join Bersatu would be considered. They are Datuk Japlin Akim (Usukan), Datuk Isnin Aliasnih (Klias), Datuk Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan (Apas), Datuk Mohd. Arifin Arif (Membakut), Datuk Ghulam Khan Bahadar (Kawang) and Matbali Musah (Lumadan).