Partyless Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah is likely to join Peninsula-based Parti Gerakan to remain in Barisan Nasional and also to keep his State Cabinet post. The Tanjong Papat's assemblyman is said to announce this in the presence of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who will arrive in Kota Kinabalu this evening for a-two-day official visit.
Parti Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon is also among in Najib's entourage in his first visit to Sabah since becoming Prime Minister on April 9, this year.
Tan will be accompanied by Elopura's assemblyman Au Kam Wah in joining Parti Gerakan. With Tan and Au in Parti Gerakan, the party will be represented in the State Cabinet with two assemblymen and a Deputy Chief Minister. Tan is also Infrastructure Development Minister.
Tan and Au had been without a party since Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) quit from BN on Sept 17, last year. They became partyless but stay put in BN saying that they won their respective seats on BN ticket in the March 8, 2008 general elections.