Monday, July 21, 2008


Kalabakan Umno wants others to adopt its stand

Kalabakan Umno will nominate Party President Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Deputy for the top two posts when it meets in October. It wants other divisions in Sabah to adopt its stand of selecting the incumbents for the two Unmo top posts. Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh, the outspoken division leader and Kalabakan Member of Parliament who turned down a Deputy Minister post and who has grappled with the Federal leadership on Sabah issues, said that the decision to support the incumbents was made at the division level. He said the division hopes that the other 24 Umno divisions in the State would also make a similar stand to avoid contests for the top two posts in the Party polls in December. “It is our hope that the current leadership would continue to helm the country until the leadership transition scheduled for June 2010,” he said after chairing his division’s branch leaders meeting here yesterday. He said this was necessary as Umno bigwigs needed strong and undivided support to lead the country through the current political storm. “Kalabakan Umno will also support any move for a no-contest for the Party’s top two posts during the December election,” he added. Sabah Umno Chief Datuk Seri Musa Aman had earlier said that all divisions would be given a free hand to decide on their choice of candidates in the coming Party elections. Musa, who is the Chief Minister and incumbent Supreme Council member, is believed to be considering contesting the Vice President post, but on the record has said that ‘it was too early to decide.’ On Saturday, Putatan Umno Division Head Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin suggested that Musa contest for the Vice Presidency. Another Sabah leader Datuk Shafie Apdal, who is Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister, has said he would contest the Vice-President position

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