Datuk Yahya Lampong, a former federal deputy minister, has joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), it was announced last night by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Anwar made the announcement at a Malaysia Day celebration organised by the opposition pact in Dalit, near here.
Yahya, who had joined Umno after Usno was dissolved, was present at the event. Also present were former Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin and former United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) deputy president Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing.
Lajim and Bumburing, the MPs for Beaufort and Tuaran respectively, had defected to the opposition earlier.
Yesterday morning, Anwar also announced that corporate figure Tan Sri Ibrahim Menudin had joined PKR in Labuan.
The problem is that we've seen what bad cherries can do, e.g. the Perak frogs and, worst of all, Ibrahim Bloody Ali. If defections help Pakatan in the coming elections, all well and good. But there are long-term risks behind the short-term gains. We can only hope Anwar knows what he's doing.
just one thing....What is worrying me is that what had Anwar promised these people? Can these people be trusted after the next GE? Will they hold PR at ransom if their demands are not met?
As long as they do not demand for Federal posts after the next GE, then I am okay. If not, big worry ahead. Remember that you need all parties to tango, and without DAP and PAS, it's just back to square one all over again.