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Thursday, August 26, 2010

12-month suspension for Jeffrey's dirty dozen

The PKR disciplinary committee has recommended that 12 Sabah PKR leaders be suspended for a year over their role in setting up Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) last year.

Party secretary general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail today said that his office received the recommendation from the committee yesterday.

The committee had conducted its hearing against the 12 in Penampang in Sabah yesterday.

"The investigation report confirmed that there was a breach in party discipline for the twelve named, in accordance to Clause 27.7, that bounds party members to obey to the party constitution, to carry out its policies and maintain the party's good name," said Saifuddin.

Saifuddin said that the suspension will be effective as soon as the supreme council has deliberated on the matter. The supreme council will next meet on Aug 29.

He also said that the 12 can appeal against their suspension within 14 days from Aug 29.

The 12, who are all aligned to PKR vice-president Jeffrey Kitingan, are Daniel John Jambun, Awang Ahmad Sah, Moses @ Mozes Michael Iking, Nicholas James Guntobon, Paul Kerangkas, Slyvester @ Balon Mujim, Innocent Makajil, Nasir Samie, Harry Kujukok Manisit, Rubbin Guribah, Gosibin Yosundang and Guandee Kohoi

Ongoing leadership tussle

Yesterday, the disciplinary committee – made up of Animah Ferrer, P Y Wong, and Steven Choong – interviewed 11 of the 12 in Penampang, Sabah. One was absent due to illness.

The 12 leaders were subjected to disciplinary proceedings due to their role in setting up Parti Cinta Sabah last year.

The PCS was a new party mooted by some Sabah PKR leaders following a massive fallout between Jeffrey and fellow vice-president Azmin Ali, which resulted in Jeffrey being replaced as the state chief.

However, under a peace plan inked by the party headquarters here, Jeffrey was made responsible for both Sabah and Sarawak and another person was put in charge of the state. Azmin was totally removed from the state lineup.

The peace deal also ensured that there will be no witchhunt against those who had allegedly plotted against the party at that time by aligning themselves with Jeffrey.

The decision to suspend the 12 suggests that the party is ready to ditch the peace deal.

Their suspension would mean they would play no part in the coming party polls. Their backers have seen this development as an elaborate plan hatched by Azmin and his Sabah loyalists to cut off rivals from the party.

It is unclear how Jeffrey's faction will take the suspension recommendation. Previously people close to the 12 told FMT that any action against them will only cause a major rift in the party.

courtesy of FMT

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