Friday, December 4

Businessman quits PKR, taking along 1,300 members to PCS


Lo (second from right) handing over the membership application forms from supporters to Bumburing (center) recently, witnessed by members of his protem committee namely, James Steven (left), Denis Gimpa (second left) and Frankie Fong (right).

KOTA KINABALU: Roman Lo, deputy chairman of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Api-Api branch, yesterday announced that he has resigned from the party, with immediate effect.

In a brief statement issued yesterday, Lo cited losing of confidence in the leadership of his former party boss cum PKR Sabah chief Datuk Christina Liew as the main reason for leaving the party which he had joined since 2008.

Lo, who was also formerly the executive director of The Society of Hope Kota Kinabalu, a charity arm of PKR Sabah, also accused Liew of being unappreciative of his contributions to the party through various charity and community outreach programs conducted by the Society, all these years.

Lo who recently joined Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) through its founder cum deputy president, Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Bumburing, also claimed that a majority of the 1,300 PKR members whom he recruited in the past too would follow his footsteps to join PCS.

“I sincerely believe under the capable leaderships of Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (as PCS president), Datuk Bumburing and Datuk Pang Yuk Ming (deputy president), we should be able to take our political struggle for a better Sabah, to a new height.

“I will especially put my past experiences of serving the vulnerable and underprivileged groups to good use, via PCS,” he said.

The 61-year-old businessman also revealed that he and his team of supporters have formed the protem committee for PCS Kota Kinabalu parliamentary division, and are eagerly looking forward to facing the 16th state election.

Sabah PKR Deputy Chief, Mustapha Sakmud said Lo’s claim about the exit of 1,300 party members was an exaggeration.

“We demand that Lo produce the list of members who are said to have left PKR with him, so that we could review their names in our party database,” Mustapha said in a statement yesterday.