Keningau Umno says it is not nominating Ku Li
Keningau Umno has denied allegations that it will also nominate Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for the Presidency in the Party’s election this December. Its Divisional Chief, Datuk Sairin Karno in refuting the claims yesterday, said that the allegation was a new speculation that was created by certain quarters for their own personal interest. “Keningau Umno is standing behind its decision to support Party President Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the Party election,” Sairin said. Sairin who was met at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony to hand over the Kampung Bunang Mini Estet Sejahtera (Mesej) to the State Rural Development Ministry yesterday, was asked to comment on talks that several Sabah Umno divisions, especially those with many Kadazandusun and Murut members, were planning to nominate Razaleigh for the Presidency. However on Sunday, Penampang, Tenom and Papar Umno all denied the allegations and stated their support for Abdullah and Najib. Sairin who is also the Assistant Rural Development Minister, believes that none of the branches in Keningau will pass a resolution to nominate Razaleigh for the Presidency as they are confident with the current leadership.