The Umno supreme council member claims that Sabah Umno is losing confidence because of its leader, chief minister Musa Aman.
KOTA KINABALU: Umno supreme council member Lajim Ukin claims that the party’s state liaison committee leadership is losing the confidence of not only its own divisional heads but also leaders of Barisan Nasional component parties.
The Beaufort division chief will be seeking an appointment with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to discuss about replacing the current state Umno leadership “to restore the confidence and trust of the people towards the coalition.”
Sabah Umno’s head is Chief Minister Musa Aman.
Lajim, who is also Federal Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister, said “little birds” are telling him that dissatisfaction is high among Umno leaders as well as component parties.
Sabah BN, also headed by Musa, comprises Umno, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), United Pasokmomogun Kadazan Organisation (UPKO), Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), MCA, Gerakan and MIC.
‘A leader who thinks of his friends only’
Without naming anyone, Lajim said in Kota Kinabalu certain Sabah Umno leaders must be changed, if not removed, for the good of the party in marching its force against the mounting strength of the opposition parties in the 13th general election.
“We do not want a leader who only thinks about the future of his friends. Umno is for all members and there are no leaders given special privileges except for the party’s number one – the prime minister,” he said.
Lajim wants this issue addressed as soon as possible – for Najib to make the necessary changes in Sabah Umno.
He also said that information reaching him indicated that he may not be fielded or given the opportunity to defend his Beaufort parliamentary seat.
Lajim, who was instrumental in the downfall of the PBS government in 1994, will not also defend his post as Beaufort Umno divisional chairman. He will stay as an ordinary member like former premiers Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
PBS lost gripped of the state government in 1994 even though it won on a PBS ticket the state election after Lajim (Klias) and Rubin Balang (Kemabong) ditched the party to cross over to Umno. When Umno took control of the state governmant, Lajim was made a cabinet minister while Balang assistant minister.
Meanwhile, Sabah Umno deputy head Salleh Said Keruak differed with Lajim’s assessment.
Salleh, who is also the state legislative asembly speaker, said Sabah Umno leaders, especially Musa, have continuously championed the cause of the people of Sabah through various approaches.
He said state leaders being part of Umno will be more effective and successful at solving problems faced by the atate and the population.