"Di Sabah PKR sudah cair macam coklat kena matahari dan yang tinggal sebiji kacang hitam yang pahit," he said in a SMS to Aki Momogun last night.
Disrespect by PKR leadership: Jeffrey
Published HERE on: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Kota Kinabalu: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Vice President, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, said the appointment of the new State liaison chief by party's Supreme Council on Sunday was made without taking into consideration the majority voices of its supporters in Sabah and Sarawak.
"It was a disappointment for the party's branch chiefs and members in Sabah because the appointment was not made based on the majority voiceÉmeaning there was no respect for the voices of majority in Sabah," he said.
"The concept of democracy, supposedly being practised, is not being practised," he told Daily Express when contacted in Kuala Lumpur Monday, on his way back to Sabah.
He was asked to comment on the appointment of Ahmad Thamrin Haji Jai as the new State liaison chief, succeeding Azmin Ali who is also the party's Vice President.
Congratulating Ahmad Thamrin who was the party's State liaison secretary and division chief for Libaran on his appointment, Jeffrey said he did not anticipate there would be any difference (on the decision-making process by the party's Supreme Council) from what has happened previously.
"But the party's supporters in Sabah and Sarawak are very disappointed that the voices of the majority were left unheard in the decision-making process," he said.
Jeffrey, who was actually also among those whose names were submitted to head the State PKR, said Sunday's decision does not mean the end of everything for him, including his position in the party.
Asked whether it would make him reconsider the offer made by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) to return to the party, he said it has not crossed his mind.
"I do not think about that offer. I am actually going on long leave until January next year. And I would take this opportunity to have a re-look at the whole political scenario in SabahÉthere are still other ways to opt to," he said.
Ahmad Thamrin was appointed the new PKR Sabah liaison chief during the party's Supreme Council meeting held at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya on Monday. Azmin was previously the interim State liaison chief.
Meanwhile, Kadazandusun and Murut (KDM) members in PKR have been urged to rethink their participation in the party, considering their presence is not appreciated by its supreme leadership.
United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) Vice President, Datuk Siringan Gubat, who made the call Monday, invited them to join or return to support the Barisan Nasional (BN) instead.
He said the appointment of Ahmad Thamrin Haji Jai as the new State liaison chief to succeed Azmin Ali seems to suggest there are no more credible KDM leaders left in the PKR Sabah.
He said the PKR supreme leadership does not even care about the feelings of its KDM members in Sabah most of whom wanted Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan to be named as the new State liaison chief.
"At one time Dr Jeffrey seemed to be the flagbearer of the PKR Sabah and that's why many members of the KDM community were attracted to the party. But unfortunately Dr Jeffrey was replaced just before the last General Elections.
Many actually predicted they (PKR) could have won certain seats if he (Dr Jeffrey) was not replaced," said Siringan who is Ranau Member of Parliament.
He said Jeffrey now seems to be out of favour in PKR even at the national level.
"So all those KDM members of the PKR are now like anak-anak ayam kehilangan ibu (chicks without the mother hen) É I urge all of them including Dr Jeffrey to just abandon the PKR and join the BN instead," said Siringan.