Revolt in Sabah Umno before state polls

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By S. Harrish

SABAH Umno is in turmoil after Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin was named to lead the party for the state election.

As several Umno divisions protest the appointment, even party president’s Datuk Seri Zaid Hamidi’s support in the state is now being questioned.

The revolt is being led by Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan who said that putting someone who is facing charges in court as the ‘war general’ in the state election is a suicidal move for the party and an insult to the people of Sabah.

“This is such a savage insult. For us, Umno and its allies have a very big chance of winning because Warisan has failed and its leadership is weak.

“We have all the reasons to win. Why give the bullet to the opponents? No party in the whole world would put someone who is actively attending court cases to lead the campaign. This is a suicidal move,” he said, according to a Bernama report.

The former Kota Belud MP said this at a press conference that was attended by a dozen of Sabah Umno’s current and former leaders.

Rahman also said that many division chiefs were not consulted before Zahid made the announcement.

Meanwhile, The Star reports that the move to oust Bung Moktar is believed to have triggered after he refused to make way for the return of Tan Sri Musa Aman to helm the state.

According to party sources, Musa had met with Bung Moktar in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 11 asking him to make way for him to return as Sabah Umno chief while Bung Moktar takes the deputy chief post.

The sources said Bung Moktar did not respond to the request and the 40 minute meeting ended without him giving any indication to vacate the post.

“We believe since then, certain state Umno division leaders rallied to go against Bung Moktar,” said another party source.