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Sabah PKR dismissed rumours that former Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and former Communications and Multimedia minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak (right) would be joining the party. - NSTP File pic

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PKR dismissed rumours that former Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and former Communications and Multimedia minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak would be joining the party.

State PKR deputy chairman Mustapha Sakmud said there had been no discussions nor meetings held between the party and the two opposition leaders regarding the matter.

"To me, it is just a rumour. As the Kota Belud PKR division chief, I have no information about that and I never met nor discussed with them (Pandikar and Salleh)," he said when contacted, today.

Mustapha was commenting on a news report that the two former Umno leaders, now with United Sabah National Organisation (Usno), were rumoured to join PKR after the Malaysia Day celebration (Sept 16).

He, however, confirmed PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was scheduled to launch a non-political event organised by United Sabah Bumis Organisation (USBO) on Sept 17.

The organisation is led by Pandikar, while Salleh acts as the adviser.

According to a report by online portal Free Malaysia Today, the two Usno leaders are expected to submit their PKR membership application after Sept 16.

However, Salleh had reportedly denied the rumour that he would be quitting Usno, but confirmed his organisation had invited Anwar to attend a non-political event.

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