Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah is likely to join Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), a member of Barisan Nasional (BN). PBS is headed by another Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
"He (Tan) needed a party so if he want to join PBS, the party president is willing to put up the matter before the supreme council for a favourable consideration. There has been communication toward that direction, " a PBS assemblyman told Aki Momogun.
Tan, who is Tanjong Papat's assemblyman, is now without a party after he left Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP). He quit when SAPP, headed by former Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee, left the BN on Sept 17, last year.
The assemblyman, who is also a PBS supreme council member, said the decision was now with Tan as he could not be without a party for long. The assemblyman said Tan, who is also Industrial Development Minister, must have a party to continue to be in the State Cabinet.
When SAPP ditched BN, Tan was reported to be registering a new party to be his political platform but until today there had been no development. He was said to have had submitted his application to the Registrar of Society.