However, Ketapi says would be government-friendly both at the state and federal levels
KOTA KINABALU – Just a little over six months after leaving Parti Warisan Sabah for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), Lahad Datu MP Mohamadin Ketapi on Tuesday (28 June) declared himself an independent lawmaker.
According to a report by the Malay Mail, the former federal tourism, arts and culture minister said that he felt unwanted in Bersatu and that many promises made were unfulfilled by the party’s leadership.
“I feel like Iâm just wasting my time there. Itâs not necessary for me to be in the party.
“However I am still supportive of the state government and thank them for their contribution,” Ketapi, who is also Segama assemblyman, told a press conference here this morning.
Despite his misgivings, Ketapi said he would still be government-friendly both at the state and federal levels.
He explained his unhappiness from not getting a position to lead new branches in Lahad Datu and Segama as he was promised before he joined Bersatu.
He also pointed out that he did not receive cooperation from existing leaders in the constituency.
âBoth me and my supporters were interested in joining Bersatu through these divisions, but they were rejected. They only allowed applications as members, but refused to open new branches as agreed,â he said adding that the Bersatu division had not invited him to any of their activities.
âBefore I joined the party, I met with the chief minister and Sabah Bersatu chief Hajiji Noor and we agreed on a reshuffling of leaders at the division and branches where I could bring my supporters so that the new and old members could work together.
âBut up to today, none of the things we discussed have come to fruition, and allocation for the Segama constituency was also not given,â he said.
He also added that his share of allocations may have been intentionally delayed as others had already received theirs.
Ketapi also showed his displeasure towards Lahad Datu Bersatu chief Abdul Hakim Gulam Hassan and sarcastically âcongratulatedâ him for âacting as if he was the Lahad Datu MP and Segama assemblymanâ despite losing the race for the Silam state seat in the 2020 state elections.
Asked if he was concerned about being persecuted by the public for leaving Bersatu so soon after quitting Warisan, Ketapi said that he was doing what was best for him and the people.
âSome might call me a âpolitical frogâ, but whatâs the point of staying in a party while doing nothing? Six months of waiting. We are supposed to be able to work for the people within that six months. So no la, Iâm leaving,â he said, likening himself to an âeducated frogâ seeking a better life.
Ketapi had quit Warisan last October and subsequently joined Bersatu on November 26 last year.