PAS and Beaufort MP Lajim Ukin are expected to announce the defection of more Sabah leaders after Hari Raya.
(FMT) - KOTA KINABALU: PAS is preparing itself to receive several Sabah leaders into its fold after the Hari Raya celebrations.
Announcing the party’s preparation for a 5,000-strong gathering here on Sept 1, Sabah PAS Youth chief Lahirul Latigu said spiritual adviser and Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat will be receiving these leaders during the event.
“Tok Guru (Nik Aziz) will be announcing the names of several Sabah leaders who will be joining PAS. He will announce the names at a special gathering on Sept 1.
“The special gathering is called Himpunan Hijau ke Putrajaya and will be attended by national PAS leaders, including president Abdul Hadi Awang, deputy president Mohamad Sabu, vice-presidents and committee members, ” said Lahirul.
Also expected to be present are PAS Youth chief Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi, deputy chief Nik Abdul Aziz and vice-Youth chief Dr Raja Ahmad Al-Hiss.
This will be the first time that Sabah PAS will hold an event of such magnitude.
According to Lahirul, the event will also celebrate the spirit of independence and “commemorate and appreciate Sabah’s 49 years of independence”.
Sabah has become the focal point of Pakatan Rakyat’s mission to reach Putrajaya.
Pakatan leader Anwar Ibrahim has been wooing MPs in the state, encouraging them to defect and stand as independents or under the Pakatan banner.
According to Anwar, what is important is that they support Pakatan’s agenda.
More to defect
Two BN parliamentarians have already jumped ship – Lajim Ukin (Beaufort) and Wilfred Bumburing (Tuaran). On Sunday, Upko vice-president Senator Maijol Mahap also declared his support for Anwar.
Yesterday, Lajim claimed that three more lawmakers from BN will defect after Hari Raya.