KOTA KINABALU: Sepanggar incumbent Jumat Idris last night declared his commitment to Barisan Nasional (BN) despite the suspension of his membership with Umno.
Jumat, who is the former Sepanggar division Umno head, said he would give his absolute support to the BN machinery in Sepanggar to help the coalition retain the parliamentary seat.
Jumat declared his stand before some 3,000 supporters here, in response to earlier speculation that he would contest on an opposition ticket in Sepanggar.
“I am a BN man, and my heart is still with BN… I am loyal to the party and the proof is, my seat in Parliament was still with BN until dissolution. So nobody should question my loyalty.
“Even though I have not been nominated for this general election, I will continue my membership in BN until the suspension (by Umno) is lifted,” he said.
Jumat also urged his supporters to support BN and the coalition’s candidate for the Sepanggar parliamentary seat, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, to ensure the continuity of development in the constituency.
“We have to accept… my struggle is not a personal one but for the people of Sepanggar. We have to stand with BN to build a better future,” he said.
In the 2013 general election, Jumat won the Sepanggar seat with a majority of 9,442 votes.
This time, Rahman (BN-Umno) will be challenged by Parti Warisan Sabah candidate Mohd Azis Jamman, Jeffrey Kumin (SAPP) and Robert Sopining (PCS).
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