LAHAD DATU: Silam Umno division chief Mohd Yusof Apdal has rejected claims by certain quarters that he places politics above family ties.
Yusof said the bond between him and his elder brother, Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Mohd Shafie Apdal, and political struggles were two different things.
These should not be manipulated or turned into a big issue, he added.
“He (Shafie) is still my brother (although) we have different principles in our political struggles.
“I choose to remain loyal to Umno,” said the state assemblyman for Lahad Datu when met by reporters here today.
“Subscribing to a political ideology is an individual’s right and I have chosen to remain with Umno and Barisan Nasional as I believe this sacred party has been and will be consistent in looking after the welfare of the people and in developing the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yusof reminded Umno members in Silam not to be influenced by claims and manipulation by certain quarters who were deliberately using the investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to weaken the division.
“Umno members and voters should view this positively and link it to the party’s political struggle.
“We need to close ranks and set aside all matters that can interfere with our preparations in facing the coming 14th general election,” he said.
Yusof also said that he would remain committed to his responsibilities and tasks as the area’s elected representative despite having just undergone medical treatment.
“It’s important for me to ensure the people continue to have confidence in Umno and BN as the existing government has served the people well,” he added.