KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has agreed to spread its wings to Sabah, Bersatu Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday.
Dr Mahathir, who is the Prime Minister, said the Sabah chapter of Bersatu would be established soon and the person to head it would be determined later.
Addressing the media after chairing a meeting of the Bersatu Supreme Leadership Council, he said the primary reason for Bersatu to establish its Sabah chapter was to enable Sabah UMNO members who had quit their party to join Bersatu.
He said these former Sabah UMNO members did not wish to join Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), the Sabah ruling party which is friendly to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition that comprises Bersatu, PKR, DAP and Amanah.
“A problem arose when the UMNO leaders quit their party and Sabah UMNO was dissolved. They did not wish to join Warisan and wanted to join Bersatu,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said those who wanted to join Bersatu would be subjected to a strict screening. “The three conditions we have set are that they must quit UMNO, become independent elected representatives for some time, and they will have to undergo a strict selection process, individually and not as a group,” he said.