KOTA KINABALU: Bingkor Assemblyman Jeffrey Kitingan’s statement that Umno has no business being in Sabah, Sarawak, and is “unwanted” has been condemned by Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan in a Facebook posting.
Jeffrey, who is also Star Sabah Chief, argued that Umno’s emphasis on race and religion was not suitable for Sabah just as it was bad for Sarawak.
Rahman Dahlan argued that Umno was in Sabah at the invitation of the people, especially Muslims, and that 20 per cent of the party’s 500,000 members were made up of Orang Asal including Muslims. “They feel that Umno is the right vehicle for their political struggle. Umno Sabah, being the second largest chapter, cannot be ignored by the headquarters.”
“No one, especially Muslims, are being forced to support Umno,” said Rahman Dahlan who is also BN Sabah Secretary. “No one is putting a gun to their head.”
“Any party can offer itself to the people as long as it is within the law.”
Rahman Dahlan, who is also Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, stressed that Umno in Sabah has meant political stability, less politicking, and more development. “Also, Umno’s presence in Sabah means the state can also decide on who becomes Prime Minister.”
He advised Jeffrey not to worry about Umno in Sabah since the people have the right to reject it. “However, the people of Sabah have accepted Umno with open arms.”
He did not comment on Jeffrey’s take that Umno was not wanted in Sarawak too. – FMT