Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Jeffrey tight-lipped about 12, says focus is on party polls

By Luke Rintod

KOTA KINABALU: PKR vice president Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said he will keep quiet for now over the party high command's attempt to question 12 of his strongest supporters before its disciplinary committee tomorrow.

"I do not wish say anything except that we are busy preparing for party elections next month.

"Everyone in PKR is focussed on the party election as this is the right venue to strengthen the party," he said soon after he arrived from KL via Kuching, where he had joined Zaid Ibrahim for function there.

None of the 12 would speak on the disciplinary meeting. All appeared to be in agreement with Jeffrey that the party election was their focus and nothing else.

The 12 are Daniel John Jambun, Awang Ahmad Sah Awang Sahari, Mozes Iking, Harry Manisit, Sylvester Balon, Innocent Makajil, Paul Kerangkas, Rubbin Guribah, Dr Nicholas Guntobon, Guandee Kohoi, Gonsubin Yosundang and Nasir Sami.

The first eight are most likely to seek either to remain divisional heads or to challenge the incumbents.

Whether the 12 will appear before the committee Wednesday or even if the KL committee will indeed come here is still unknown.

Disciplinary hearing postponed?

Party insiders here say that de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim either might not have known about the disciplinary motion or may be having second thoughts.

Meanwhile, many PKR members in Sabah are stunned by the revelation that the 12 aligned to Jeffrey have been given show cause letters and have also been summoned to be questioned over their involvement in the botched attempt to register Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) last year.

This PCS issue was considered solved by the party last year, but was resurrected weeks ago apparently by rivals of Jeffrey within Sabah PKR ahead of the elections.

Meanwhile FMT learnt today that the disciplinary hearing has been postponed from tomorrow to Aug 29 following an application by the 12. Their matter will now be heard after the party's supreme council meeting on that day.

The party has not released any official statement about the disciplinary hearing or of the hearing date.

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