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SEMPORNA, Feb 17 -- Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) today denied reports that 30 branch heads have quit the party and are joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in an event yesterday.
Semporna Division Warisan Information chief Hasbullah Rauddah said that the matter was based on feedback from several branch heads, who claimed that their presence in the Bersatu meeting was a mere manipulation.
“They (branch heads) felt that the agenda of the meeting was not clear, apart from their presence at that time as villagers and not in the capacity of party branch heads.
“As for the individuals who claim to be branch heads, if it is true (that they quit the party) the move only involved themselves and does not include all branch members. Also, there are individuals (claiming to be branch heads) but in truth they are just regular members,” he said in a statement here, today.
Yesterday, it was reported that the fate of the people not being protected was among the reasons behind the action of 30 Warisan branch heads in Semporna to quit the party and join Bersatu.
Responding to this claim as well as that Warisan had failed to keep its promise on the temporary settlement issue of the residents in Kampung Bangau-Bangau, Hasbullah said that in July 2020 the Warisan government had approved an allocation of RM8.2 million for the construction of more than 300 houses in the village.
In addition, he said that the move to evacuate the residents of Kampung Simunul to the Bubul Ria People’s Housing Project (PPR) during the Warisan government was because they wanted to ensure that the residents were not exposed to disaster risk, and they were also given one year rental exemption.