By Emma Victoria
THREE Sarawak MPs who left Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) have joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
The trio include state PKR chairman Baru Bian (Selanggau) who had supported Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the eleventh hour, parted ways with Ali Biju (Saratok) and Willie Mongin (Puncak Borneo).
Ali and Willie have been appointed into the federal cabinet, with both holding deputy minister posts for Energy and Natural Resources and Plantation Industries and Commodities, respectively.
Baru, who is also the former Works Minister, however, was not included in the new line-up.
According to Borneo Post, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has confirmed that all former PKR MPs who exited the party have joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
The 10 MPs led by Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali have applied to join the party, and the party’s supreme council members in a meeting recently have approved their applications to join Bersatu.
“Yes, in fact the applications have been agreed upon by the Supreme Council of Bersatu when we had our meeting (recently),” he said.
Azmin has come together with the rest – 10 of them – and the supreme council has accepted their applications to join Bersatu.
Other former PKR MPs include Zuraida Kamaruddin (Ampang), Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (Indera Mahkota), Baru Bian (Selangau), Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar (Bandar Tun Razak), Datuk Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal), Datuk Rashid Hasnon (Batu Pahat), Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar (Segamat), and Jonathan Yasin (Ranau).