KOTA KINABALU: The supreme council of the Liberal Democratic Party, a former Sabah Barisan Nasional component, has endorsed the party’s move to join Perikatan Nasional.
The decision came at the party’s supreme council meeting on Sunday (March 28) chaired by its president Datuk Chin Su Phin amid Umno’s decision in Kuala Lumpur to sever ties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia for the next general election.
Chin said that the party’s supreme council unanimously backed the party’s application to join Perikatan in the interest of the people.
“We have already applied, we will wait for their response,” he said.
Chin said the party admired Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership style, particularly his way of governing the country especially in combating the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic stimulus packages introduced.
He stressed that LDP would continue to serve the rakyat regardless of its political alliance.
“However, reality has proven that only a mainstream political party is able to effectively resolve the people’s woes, ” said Chin who earlier last week indicated that the party was in talks with Perikatan to join the coalition.
LDP along with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) left Sabah Barisan after it lost power in the May 2018 general election.
However, a new coalition Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) was formed in Sabah and won the state government in the Sept 26 snap election.
GRS is an electoral alliance consisting of Sabah Barisan Nasional (comprising Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, MCA and MIC), Sabah Perikatan (Sabah Bersatu, Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party or SAPP and PAS) and PBS.
LDP contested 46 of 73 state seats in last year’s state election with all its candidates including former chief minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat and Chin losing their deposits.
Chin said that some of its members had left recently but the party was also still receiving more younger members in recent months.
He said the party was currently focused on its 28 division meetings between May and August and their annual general meeting-cum-party elections would be held at the end of the year.
“I expect that the majority of the divisions will be helmed by young leaders, ” he added.